Studying in Canada has become an even more attractive proposition for residents of key Asian and African partner countries, thanks to the new Student Direct Stream.
Under the Student Direct Stream, students residing in the Philippines, China, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Morocco, or Senegal who demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada benefit from faster processing times. The service standard for Student Direct Stream processing is 20 calendar days.
As of September, 2019, SDS was expanded to include applicants from Senegal and Morocco. As both Senegal and Morocco have large French-speaking populations, their inclusion in SDS aims to support Canada’s strategy to increase Francophone immigration.
The Student Direct Stream was expanded in July, 2019 to include students living in Pakistan, which became the fifth country to be included under the initiative.
To qualify for the Student Direct Stream, applicants need to meet additional requirements, in particular language levels that are stricter than regular study permit requirements.
Students who do not have all of the additional information may still apply through the regular study permit application process, either online or at a Visa Application Centre. Applications that meet the regular study permit criteria but not the Student Direct Stream criteria may be processed according to the regular study permit criteria, but do receive the faster processing that is available under the Student Direct Stream.
“IRCC recognizes the tremendous economic, cultural and social benefits that international students bring to Canada. We are committed to improving client service for all applicants, including students, as we continue to find new and efficient ways to reduce processing times,” stated Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen.