May 3, 2019 – Candidates to study in Canada via the Student Direct Stream (SDS) will have their Study Permit applications processed in 20 days under a new service standard introduced by immigration authorities.
The Canadian government has moved to centralize processing for the expedited processing program that targets candidates living in China, India, Philippines or Vietnam who want to study here.
New rules published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada state: “As of April 30, 2019, SDS applications are being centralized and processed by the Centralized Network, and the service standard for SDS processing is 20 calendar days.”
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Study Permit applications must be received electronically to qualify for SDS processing.
The SDS was introduced in June 2018 to offer expedited Study Permit processing for international students from key Asian markets
Applicants must live outside Canada at the time of application, pay their first year of tuition at a designated learning institution up front, purchase a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of at least $10,000, complete an up-front medical examination and police certificate (if required), and meet language requirements.
Candidates must also meet all other eligibility and admissibility requirements.
How Do I Qualify for the Student Direct Stream?
The SDS is available to candidates living in China, India, Philippines or Vietnam wishing to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution.
Applicants must submit up front proof of:
- Tuition payment for the first year of study at a designated learning institution.
- Purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate of $10,000,
- Completion of an upfront medical examination,
- Qualifying score of at least 6 for English (IELTS), or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens score of 7 for French (TEF), or graduation from a Canadian-curriculum high school.
New federal government figures show international student contribute $15.5 billion per year to the Canadian economy, supporting nearly 170,000 jobs in 2016.
At the end of 2018, there were 572,415 study permit holders in Canada. University enrolment alone increased by 15 per cent between 2017 and 2018, according to figures from Universities Canada.
Study Permit numbers have increased 180 per cent in the last decade, as successive governments have recognized the benefit to the Canadian economy of increasing international student levels.
A three-step process has been established in Canada targeting international students. First, they hold Study Permits while in full time education, second, they become eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit, and third, they can use all the experience gathered to qualify for permanent residence.
It had made Canada one of the more attractive countries in the world for foreign students considering their study options.
International students are an important source of revenue for Canada’s schools, paying significantly higher tuition fees than their Canadian counterparts.
With Canadian education much cheaper than across the border in the U.S., Canada’s best universities are often seen as a pathway to a world class education without the dollar outlay required south of the border.
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