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Student Direct Stream (SDS): How and Who Can Apply

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Student Direct Stream (SDS): How and Who Can Apply

Are you thinking about studying in Canada? You may be able to get your student permit quicker through the Student Direct Stream (SDS)! Designed by the IRCC in 2018, the Student Direct Stream was created as an expedited study permit application for international students who are interested in studying in Canada for higher education. Because of a high influx of student permit applications, this stream is specifically for applicants looking for a faster, efficient processing time which on average is 20 calendar days. This steam is available to select countries and gives you options to bring your family along. Here is what you need to know about applying for the Student Direct Stream!

Who Can Apply for SDS?

There are a number of countries that qualify for the Student Direct Stream, these countries include:

  • China
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • the Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Vietnam

Other requirements consist of:

  • having an acceptance letter from a post-secondary designated learning institution
  • live outside of Canada when you apply
  • have proof you have paid your tuition for your first year of study
  • have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000
  • get a medical exam before you apply (if needed)
  • get a police certificate before you apply (if needed)
  • have your most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcript(s)
  • have a language test result that shows:
    • a score of 6.0 or higher in each skill (reading, writing, speaking and listening) on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Bringing Your Spouse, Partner, or Dependents

Your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children may also be able to get faster processing on a

  • visitor visa
  • work permit
  • study permit

You must complete and submit their applications at the same time as your SDS application. If you don’t, the USCIS will not process their applications faster. When you apply online, indicate that you have family members coming with you to Canada.

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