Great news for residents of China, India, Philippines and Vietnam who want to study in Canada! Qualified applicants can now obtain study permits within 20 days.

On 1 May 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced the new Student Direct Stream (SDS), an expedited study permit processing program available to legal residents living in China, India, Philippines or Vietnam who want to study in Canada at a post-secondary level and who meet upfront documentary requirements, in addition to meeting all other eligibility and admissibility requirements for a regular study permit. SDS applications are being centralized and processed by the Centralized Network (CN).

As noted, the service standard for SDS processing is now 20 calendar days.

How does it work?

In order to benefit from this new SDS system, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be accepted to a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI);
  • Submit the study permit application electronically;
  • Be residing outside Canada at the time of application;
  • Provide:
    • upfront proof of payment of the first year’s tuition;
    • a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of at least CAN$10,000;
    • language test results. For English, a minimum of 6.o in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening on the IELTS exam. For French, at least 310 for speaking, 249 for listening, 207 for reading and 310 for writing on the TEF exam.
    • and upfront medical and police certificates, if required.

In short, an SDS application is a study permit application with upfront proof of funds and language ability. The new 20-day service standard will be welcome news to potential foreign students in these four countries, where previously it could take months to get a decision. Now, with proper preparation, students can help ensure that they will be able to arrive in Canada in time to start their studies.

If you have been accepted to a Canadian school and want to apply for a study permit, contact Konsul today. We can help you maximize your chances of success and make sure that you have all the tools you need to live, study, work, and stay permanently in Canada.