What is Student Direct Stream in Canada?

Student Direct Stream

A Student Direct Stream is a study permit that was launched in 2018 by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). It is specially designed for international students who want to pursue higher studies from Canada. It is better than a normal permit as it provides efficient study permit processing time. 

SDS Visa Requirements

The requirements for a Student Direct Stream permit are very specific. You need to be eligible for all the following requirements to receive a permit:

  1. You must have an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institute (DLI). A DLI is a university/ college approved by the government to take admission from international students. Currently, only some DLI approved universities are allowed to take international students, that is, only if they have a Covid-19 readiness plan.
  2. English proficiency proof like an IELTS score above 6.
  3. A medical examination and medical insurance.
  4. Proof of Guaranteed Investment Certificate of CAN$10,000 (INR 727883.00)or more. You can receive this certificate from any IRCC registered bank. Under this, you cannot access your money until you are in Canada, which is then retrieved in a limited amount monthly or bimonthly.
  5. Proof of payment of first year’s tuition fees
  6. Residency proof of one of the following countries: 
    • India
    • China
    • Philippines
    • Vietnam
    • Pakistan
    • Morocco
    • Senegal

Even if you are a citizen of the following countries but don’t live there, you are ineligible for SDS. In case you do not qualify for any of these criteria, you will be rejected for an SDS permit, however, in such a case, your application will be processed under a regular study permit program.

How to Apply for SDS?

To apply for Student Direct Stream in Canada, you have to fill an online application form on the Canadian Immigration website and submit the following documents: 

  1. Proof of Identity
  2. Application for Study Permit
  3. Family Information Form
  4. Marriage Certificate, if applicable
  5. Application fees and biometric fees
  6. A police certificate, if applicable

There are a few forms that you have to fill during the online application. Officers may also ask you to submit more documents, depending on their requirements.

Student Direct Stream Processing Time

SDS Processing time depends on the country you live in. Although it usually takes 20 days for the processing, there can be certain reasons behind the delay. To reduce the time of processing, you must:

  1. Meet all the eligibility criteria
  2. Submit your biometrics as soon as possible 

Also Read: Non-SPP Colleges in Canada

After Applying for Student Direct Stream 

Once you have applied for Student Direct Stream and submitted your biometrics, your application will be approved in 20 days. In case of approval, you will receive the following:

  1. A letter of introduction, you need to show this to the officer during your arrival to Canada
  2. A visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA), depending on your profile 
  3. In case you need a visa, you must go to the nearest visa office to receive it on your passport.
  4. If you are eligible for eTA, it will be directly linked to your passport and will be valid for 5 years or till your passport’s expiration date.
  5. Use ArriveCan before reaching Canada and submit your travel documents, quarantine plan, and a Covid-19 self-assessment. 
  6. When you arrive at the airport, the officer will check your health, and if you meet the requirements, they will print you your study permit.

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