In a move aimed at enhancing the eligibility criteria for the Student Direct Stream (SDS), Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the inclusion of four newly approved English language tests. This development comes as a part of IRCC’s efforts to streamline and refine the application process for international students aspiring to study in Canada.
The updated list of approved language tests now includes:
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
- Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT)
Eligible English Language Scores for SDS Applicants
To meet the SDS eligibility requirements, prospective students must demonstrate a well-rounded command of the official language of Canada, encompassing skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Specifically, English language test takers must achieve a total score of at least:
Moreover, these tests must be taken in person. The online or remotely proctored tests are not applicable to SDS applicants.
What is Student Direct Stream?
For foreign students from particular countries, the SDS programme offers expedited processing of study visas. The programme aims to keep the processing time for approved study permit applications to 20 calendar days.
Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam are on the list of nations that qualify for SDS applications.