What is SDS and what countries can apply for SDS and why are students from these countries recommended to apply through SDS?


Applying through Student Direct Stream speeds up the Study Permit process, however the student should still meet all the eligibility requirements for a Study Permit to be granted.

Countries that can apply for SDS: Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Vietnam
If the student DOES NOT meet the requirements, IRCC won’t issue a Study Permit.
• Proof of a valid language test result, completed within 2 years of the date the SDS application was received, showing either of the following:
o an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in each language skill: listening, reading, writing and speaking
o a Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) score that is equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of at least 7 for each ability: at least 310 for speaking, 249 for listening, 207 for reading and 310 for writing
• Proof of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000 or more from any bank insured by the
Example: Amandeep is student who is from India whose intake starts in January but currently, we are in October, it would be beneficial to look into applying through the SDS stream. That is due to the fact that the Study Permit application will be processed much faster and he will be able to have an answer within 20 days as opposed to 14 weeks which is the normal processing times. Also, only 7 countries can apply through this steam.

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