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:

  • Antigua and Barbuda*
  • Brazil*
  • China
  • Colombia*
  • Costa Rica*
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Peru*
  • Senegal
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines*
  • Trinidad and Tobago*
  • 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.

* IRCC added these countries to the list on July 9, 2021.

The steps you need to take for SDS Canada

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

  • Take an upfront medical exam. Of course, you must visit 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

The forms and document checklists vary depending on your country of residence.

Let us help!

Of course, you may either consult with the IRCC website or fill out the following form 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.

    How old is the student (required)

    Has the student taken an English or French test?

    How knowledgeable the student is in English or French languages (one language is enough)

    Has the student evaluated their educational credentials in Canada?

    How much money the student has to support their living expenses and tuition in Canada for the first year of studies in Canada?

    At which level do you wish to study?

    Does the student have accompanying family members?

    Do you have a letter of acceptance from a Canadian educational institute?

    Additional information (optional but helpful)

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    Last update: 2021-07-09

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