New Student Stream Helps Students in Asian Countries get Study Permits Faster

Monday, June 11, 2018

On June 8th, the government of Canada announced the Student Direct Stream (SDS). The SDS is designed to provide international students with faster processing times if they can demonstrate that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced this stream to support the growth in study permit applications from the following countries:

  • China
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • The Philippines

IRCC says they are working on expanding SDS to Africa with options in Kenya and Senegal. Expansion to Senegal would be in line with the government’s focus to attract more French-speaking students to Canada.

To qualify for SDS, you will need to meet stricter language levels that are more demanding than the regular study permit requirements.

If you are a student who does not qualify for SDS, you can apply through the regular study permit application process online or at a Visa Application Centre.

The SDS complements the Express Entry system. By applying through this stream it will position you to continue on the path to permanent residence and Canadian citizenship after completing your studies in Canada, if you wish to remain here.

To learn more about SDS, visit the IRCC website.