Student Direct Stream Canada

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Student Direct Stream Canada is the right immigration program if you are looking to expedite your study permit application process. If you are from one of the specific countries listed by the program, you may be eligible to get to your study permit process faster. One thing you must know about a study permit is that it is NOT a study visa. Hence, if you want to study in Canada, you may need to get a Canada visitor visa or an eTA to travel to Canada.

Even if you are eligible, you still need to meet some particular requirements. Further, the applicant must intend to study at one of the Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) in Canada. 


What is Student Direct Stream Canada?

Student Direct Stream Canada processes student permits faster, even within 20 calendar days sometimes. Depending on where you live, you may be able to apply for a study permit through SDS. 

One of the immigration programs of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) SDS aims to process study permit applications of those intending to study at one of DLIs in Canada. 

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If you are looking to get a study permit processed faster, meet the eligibility requirements of SDS, and submit your biometric information as soon as possible. IRCC will begin processing your application after you submit biometrics. 

Who can apply through SDS?

  1. the applicant must be a resident 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
  • Vietnam
  1. should be living outside Canada at the time of application
  2. if necessary, get a medical exam
  3. show an acceptance letter from a post-secondary DLI
  4. have a recent secondary or post secondary school transcript
  5. prove that you paid the first year tuition fee
  6. have minimum score needed for a language tests
  7. have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000
  8.  if necessary, get a police clearance certificate

Apart from these requirements, the applicant might need to submit a few other documents too. Based on your country of residence, the visa officer may need you to provide some more documents to process your application. 

Student Direct Stream Canada Processing Time

Student Direct Stream Canada application processing time is within 20 calendar days, if the application meets the requirements. IRCC aims to process applications (the ones meeting all the requirements) under SDS within 20 calendar days. 

But, some applications may take longer to process. For instance, if the applicant hasn’t submitted necessary documents properly or forgot to submit some of them, they will be reminded by IRCC to submit the documents. This reminder will no doubt take further time in application processing. 

Moreover, if the applicant has not given their biometrics at the suitable time, it will further require time to process the student permit application.   

What are the benefits of student direct stream Canada?

The major benefit of applying through Student Direct is that your application may be processed within 20 calendar days. Student Direct Stream Canada offers expedited study permit application processing time for students coming from specific countries.

Can a student get direct PR in Canada?

If the student meets the eligibility criteria of one of the immigration programs, they may be able to apply for Canada permanent residence either while they are studying in Canada or after completing their studies.

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Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati Chaurasia

Niyati’s specialty lies in Canadian immigration matters along with crafting helpful, user-oriented content.

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