The full form of SDS is Student Direct Stream. The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is a programme that expedites the processing of study permits for students applying to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution (DLI). The SDS is available to legal residents who also reside in
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Costa Rica
Overview of SDS
The SDS program allows eligible international students to obtain study permits in 20 calendar days.
SDS processing is only available for electronic applications. Paper applications are processed through the regular study permit application stream and are subject to standard processing times.
Foreign nationals who are eligible for SDS processing must still meet all other requirements outlined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
Eligibility Criteria For SDS
The applicant must include the following documents to be eligible for SDS processing:
- For immigration to Canada, you need a GIC of CAN$ 10,000 or more from a bank insured by CDIC or listed on the IRCC SDS web page.
- Proof of a valid language test result obtained within two years of the SDS application date, demonstrating either of the following:
- a score of 6.0 or better on the International English Language Testing System in each language skill: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
- a test évaluation de français (TEF) score comparable to at least a 7 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for each ability
- Proof of full payment of tuition for the applicant’s first year of study.
- Letter of acceptance from a post-secondary DLI
- Proof of completion of upfront medical examination from a panel physician for applicants
- Most recent secondary or post-secondary educational transcript
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