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Study in Canada: Fast-track your Study Permit Application with Student Direct Stream

Updated: Jun 1, 2023






Are you an ambitious international student dreaming of pursuing your education in Canada? The Student Direct Stream (SDS) Program offers an incredible opportunity to expedite your study permit application process. This program ensures efficient procedures while maintaining the integrity of the Canadian immigration system. In this blog, we will explore the Ministerial Instructions for the SDS Program, outlining the essential conditions for priority processing of study permit applications. If you're from Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, or Vietnam, seize this chance to discover how the SDS Program can fast-track your journey to studying in Canada.



Benefits of the Student Direct Stream Program


The SDS Program is designed to provide priority processing for study permit applications to eligible students. By meeting the specific conditions outlined in the Ministerial Instructions, you can benefit from an accelerated timeline compared to the regular study permit application process. The average processing time for SDS program is within 30 days compared to 3 months for study permit application.



Requirements for the Student Direct Stream


To be considered for priority processing under the SDS Program, your study permit application must meet specific criteria. Let's explore the essential conditions:


Country of Residence: Applicants must be legal residents of one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, or Vietnam.


Documentation: Alongside your study permit application, you need to provide the following documentation:


  • Acceptance Letter: An acceptance letter from a designated postsecondary learning institution in accordance with section 211.1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).

  • Tuition Fee Payment: Evidence of payment for the first year of study at the designated postsecondary learning institution mentioned in the acceptance letter.

  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC): A GIC of CAN$10,000 to ensure financial stability during your stay in Canada.

  • Medical Examination: As per section 29 of IRPR, you must undergo a medical examination.

  • Police Certificate: A valid police certificate to demonstrate your good character and background.

  • Academic Records: Recent transcripts from secondary or postsecondary school.

  • Language Proficiency: Provide the result of a language test as described in these Instructions. Accepted tests include: IELTS General, CELPIP General, TEF Canada, TCF Canada, IELTS Academic, CAEL, Pearson PTE Academic, TEF - 5 épreuves, TCF - tout public, and TOEFL iBT Test.

  • Additional Requirement for Quebec: If you plan to study in Quebec, you must also obtain a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration.


Please note that the language tests must be taken in-person, and online remotely proctored tests will not be accepted under the SDS Program.



Timelines and Processing: Key Dates to Remember


Applications submitted with valid language test results will take effect August 12, 2023 Any applications received by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration after the effective date that do not meet the specified conditions will not be eligible for priority processing.



As an aspiring international student, the Student Direct Stream Program offers an exceptional opportunity to fast-track your study permit application for Canada. By fulfilling the outlined requirements and providing the necessary documentation, you can maximize your chances of receiving priority processing. Immerse yourself in a diverse and inclusive learning environment, unlock countless opportunities, and pave the way for a successful future in Canada. Start your journey today with the Student Direct Stream Program!


Ready to take the next step towards your Canadian education dream? Contact us to learn more about the Student Direct Stream Program and begin your application process today. Your educational adventure awaits in Canada!


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