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Students eligible for faster Canadian study permit processing

Find out if you could benefit from faster study permit processing times when applying to study in Canada.

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Further countries have been added to the list of destinations to benefit from faster processing times for study permits in Canada, known as the Student Direct Stream (SDS). This change came into effect in September 2019, establishing a list of eligible countries: China, India, Vietnam, Morocco, Senegal, Pakistan and the Phillipines.

 

If your home country is not listed here, you can refer to our guide on applying for a student visa in Canada which outlines all of the information you need to apply.

 

It’s important to note that a study permit is not a visa in itself but allows you to study at designated institutions in Canada. You may also be required to apply for a temporary visitor visa or electronic travel authorization in order to enter the country.

 

What is the Student Direct Stream?

This system prioritizes students from certain countries when processing study permit applications. The Canadian government aims to process these applications within 20 calendar days. To be eligible, you must meet all of the necessary requirements which includes providing your biometrics, proving your language proficiency and providing financial evidence.

 

Which language test should I take?

Students from any of the above listed countries must have higher than average language skills, which could be either of the following language tests:

 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

To prove your English language proficiency in Canada you’ll need an IELTS score of 6+.

 

Canadian Language Benchmarks

For proof of French language ability, you will need level 7 of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens).

 

Financial Proof

To qualify for the SDS you will need proof of funds, which includes a guaranteed investment certificate of CAD 10,000 plus cover of your tuition fees for one year.

 

How to finance your studies

If you’re unsure about the cost of studying in Canada, you can refer to our guides on tuition fees, living costs and scholarships.

 

In Canada, international students are desirable candidates for permanent residency to strengthen the Canadian workforce. So, being an international student in Canada could lead to further opportunities as your skills and education are highly valued.