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Student Direct Stream (SDS)

Student Direct Stream (An Overview)

Students from a few countries can find their Study Permit applications being cleared through a fast-track process that boasts of turnaround times of around 20 calendar days. This is known as The Student Direct Stream and is available for students of those countries that see a larger number of study permit applications being submitted each year. To be eligible, the student must be a legal resident living in any of the following countries:

  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Morocco
  • The Philippines
  • Pakistan
  • Senegal
  • China

Because of the fast-track nature of processing standards used to approve SDS cases, the minimum pre-requisites to receive an approval under SDS are slightly more rigorous then a regular Study Permit Application. The applicant must submit the following documents through an Online application process to be eligible:

  • Acceptance letter from a post-secondary designated learning institution (DLI)
  • Proof of 1st year of Canadian tuition fee being paid in full
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAD $10,000
  • Proof of Medical Exam completed upfront
  • Proof of Police Clearance Certificate completed upfront (if needed)
  • Most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcript(s)
  • Have a language test result that shows:
  • For English: Minimum IELTS score of 6.0 on each Language skill( reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • For French: Minimum TEF score of 7.0 on each Language skill( reading, writing, speaking and listening)
Additional Requirements for applicants
  • Applicant must be living outside of Canada & in one of the 7 eligible countries at the time of applying
  • A citizen of one of these countries not living in one of these countries is also not eligible to apply.
  • For studying in Quebec, the applicant must have a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
  • Additional documents may be requested which an applicant must be prepared to provide.
Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)

A Guaranteed Investment Certificate is one of the requirements for all students applying for a Study Permit under The Student Direct Stream. The nature in which a GIC returns back the student’s investment acts like a proof of Living Expenses for the student after landing in Canada. The Banks offering these investment opportunities give a guaranteed rate of return for a fixed period of time. A student who pays into a GIC for one year from his/her home country gets back a lump sum from the bank upon arrival and the remaining invested funds through installments spread over an year. It is the student’s responsibility to prove his/her identity before the release of any funds start. Any of the following documents can be used as proof of GIC under the SDS application process:

  • a letter of attestation
  • a GIC certificate
  • an Investment Directions Confirmation or
  • an Investment Balance Confirmation
Some of the popular financial institutions offering GICs:
  • Scotiabank
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
  • RBC Royal Bank
  • HSBC Bank of Canada
  • SBI Canada Bank
  • Desjardins
  • ICICI Bank
  • Bank of China

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