Canada opens the Student Direct Stream to international students from 7 more countries
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that the Student Direct Stream (SDS) has opened to international students in seven (7) more countries.
The announcement for one of Canada’s fast-track programs was made on July 9th.
The new countries are:
- Costa Rica
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
The Student Direct Stream (SDS) offers expedited study permit processing to students looking to study in Canada at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
To be considered, international students first need to receive a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from a DLI.
A DLI is a university, college, or other post-secondary education institution in Canada that is authorized to welcome international students. Once a candidate receives an LOA, they then need to submit a study permit application to IRCC. The study permit authorizes an individual to move to Canada to continue their education.
Usually, study permit processing can take several months, depending on the country. However, the benefit of the SDS is that eligible participants can receive a study permit within an average of twenty (20) days.
The IRCC launched the SDS in 2018 for students in India, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam. In 2019, it was expanded to include Pakistan, Senegal, and Morocco.
Candidates also need to meet other criteria besides a LOA. See below for a list of the additional eligibility requirements.
- Language Test: a score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS (Academic or General) in all bands. French candidates must obtain a CLB equivalent of 7 in each skill on the Test d’Evaluation de Francais.
- Proof of Guaranteed Investment Certificate of at least $10,000 CAD: from an eligible Canadian financial institution.
- Proof of full payment of tuition for the candidate’s first year.
- Most recent educational transcript.
- Proof of upfront medical exam: for applicants who have lived or travelled for 6 months in designated countries or territories and/or their field of study requires and upfront medical exam.