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Seven additional countries have been added to the Student Direct Stream

Updated: Jul 21

If you’ve ever wanted to study in Canada, the Student Direct Stream (also known as SDS Canada) may be the fastest route.

Taking an average of 20 calendar days to process, Student Direct Stream expedites the process of getting students studying in Canada. It’s also faster than the usual study permit process.

What’s more, even more countries have been added to the list of locations students can apply from.


Who can apply for the Student Direct Stream?


To be considered eligible to apply, you must be from one of the countries listed below:

· The Philippines

· China

· India

· Vietnam

· Pakistan

· Morocco

· Senegal


And as of July 9, 2021, there are more countries in the Americas now on this list:

· Antigua

· Barbuda

· Brazil

· Colombia

· Costa Rica

· Peru

· St. Vincent

· The Grenadines

· Trinidad

· Tobago


How long does the process take?


Provided that you’ve submitted all of the necessary paperwork and meet the requirements, the average processing time is 20 calendar days. However, this process may take longer if additional information is required.


What are the requirements needed to apply?


Unlike the standard study permit, applicants are expected to meet stricter requirements, particularly the level of ability in speaking one of Canada’s primary languages (English or French). You will also be expected to submit a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) with a minimum balance of $10,000 CAD to be considered.


You will also need an acceptance letter from an approved education institution as well as have your first year of tuition paid. You may also be required to submit additional documents depending on where you choose to live in Canada and other circumstances.

If you don’t meet all of the necessary requirements, you can still apply for the study permit program. Students who don’t meet the requirements may have their information processed as a regular study permit. However, you won’t be able to take advantage of the faster processing time.

For more information on what’s required, see the government of Canada’s website for more details.


What if I’m from one of the listed countries, but do not live there currently?


Unfortunately, you must be living in one of the countries listed to be eligible to apply for the Direct Student Stream (SDS Canada).

Do you have any questions about the legal processes of immigrating to Canada? Book a consultation with us.

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