IRCC brings good news for international students applying to the SDS or Student Direct Stream. Earlier, students had the option of submitting IELTS General and Academic test results only. As of 10th August 2023, however, they can submit test results of PTE Academic, TOEFL iBT Test, CELPIP General and CAEL. The new eligible tests assess your abilities in writing, speaking, listening and reading and have different score requirements.
|New eligible tests||Minimum score required|
|CELPIP||Equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark of 7 (minimum) in each ability|
What is the Student Direct Stream or SDS Canada?
SDS Canada fast-tracks the processing time of study permits from specific Asian and African partner countries. You can apply to this stream if you want to study in Canada at a post-secondary DLI or Designated Learning Institute.
Typically, IRCC takes 20 days to process these applications. Seeking assistance from a licensed immigration consultant makes it faster.
Can you Apply for the SDS?
You can apply if you are a legal resident of the following countries:
Here are the documents you must submit:
- A letter of acceptance from a Canadian DLI
- Proof of the first-year fee payment
- Confirmation document for your medical exam
- Proof of language test results
- A Guaranteed Investment Certificate or GIC of $10,000
You need to submit the completed application at a Visa Application Centre or VAC. IRCC processes your application once it verifies the accuracy of the information you have provided.
Canada Welcomes Over 800,000 International Students
Canada is one of the most sought-after destinations for international students. There are several reasons for this popularity such as the high quality of education, immigration opportunities, career scope, etc. available in Canada.
According to IRCC, Canada welcomed at least 800,000 international students at the end of 2022. We can only expect the number to rise over the coming years. A Canadian study permit is what you need to fulfill your study goals here. You can apply for one if you get an acceptance letter from a Canadian Designated Learning Institute. There are other requirements such as proof of financial support and supporting documents. It is better if you talk to a licensed immigration consultant before applying for the permit. They can guide you through the process and help you make smart decisions.