Studying in Canada has become an even more attractive proposition for residents of key Asian partner countries, thanks to the new Student Direct Stream (SDS).
Under the SDS, students from the Philippines, China, India, Vietnam who demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada benefit from faster processing times. As of April 30, 2019, the service standard for SDS processing is 20 calendar days.
Similar programs have previously been in place in these countries. Now, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is aligning them together into one program to ensure consistency.
Moreover, IRCC is already working on expanding the SDS to Africa, with expansion options in Kenya and Senegal. Expansion to Senegal would be in line with Canada’s goal to attract more French-speaking students to Canada.
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, in announcing the Student Direct Stream.