SDS Canada – Study Direct Stream study permits

Canada has launched a new program for study permits that could make the process faster and easier. However, the new Study Direct Stream (SDS) Program covers the legal residents of the following countries, only:

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

This program may expand to other countries in the future. Nonetheless, if you are not a legal resident of the approved countries you may not apply for SDS. Of course, you may apply under the regular study permit processes.

The steps you need to take for SDS Canada

In order to qualify for this program, you also need to meet the following requirements.

  • Take an upfront medical examination through an approved Panel Physician
  • Purchase a $10,000 GIC from a financial institution insured by the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC).
  • Get admission to a Designated Learning Institution in Canada
  • Pay the first-year tuition fee in full
  • Take the IELTS with a score of at least 6 or take the TEF Canada with a score of equivalent to Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens 7. If you have graduated from a Canadian curriculum high school, you are exempt from taking any of these tests.
  • Submit other necessary forms and documents

Language requirements for SDS Canada

The following table shows the minimum language requirements for SDS Canada. You only need to take one of the following tests.

Test Language Speaking Listening Reading Writing
IELTS General or Academic English 6.0 (Six) Six (6.0) 6.0 (Six) Six (6.0)
TEF Canada French 310 249 207 310


Documents and forms  for SDS Canada

The forms and document checklists vary depending on your country of residence. Of course, you may either consult with the IRCC website or contact us to help you with the process. Keep in mind, SDS does not guarantee success but is a faster method to receive the outcome of your application.


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