Canada is a popular destination for students. If you are looking to come to Canada to study, depending on where you live, you may be able to obtain your study permit faster by using the Student Direct Stream (SDS).
Through the SDS stream, most applications get processed within 20 calendar days.
However, some applications may take longer to process. For faster processing, you must provide your biometrics as soon as possible and meet all eligibility requirements.
Who can apply through the SDS stream?
You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for expedited processing through the Student Direct Stream:
- Must be a citizen and resident of one of the following countries:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Have an acceptance letter from a designated learning institution
- Be outside Canada when applying.
- Provide proof of your tuition payment for the first year of study.
- Have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 CAD
- Obtain an immigration medical exam before applying, if applicable
- Get a police certificate before applying, if applicable.
- Provide your most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcript(s)
- Recommended to add statement of purpose (SOP).
- Have a valid language test result showing either:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) general or academic score of 6.0 or higher in each skill (reading, writing, speaking and listening), or
- TEF (Test d’évaluation de français) (TEF) score that is equal to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of at least 7 in each skill (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
Depending on where you live, you may need to provide additional or country-specific documents. Below, you will learn how to find your country-specific documents.
How to apply through the SDS stream?
You must apply online for study permit. The Student Direct Stream does not accept paper applications.
Therefore, make sure that all essential documents are included with your application.
Make sure you have the following before applying online:
- To fill out your forms, refer to the IRCC official instruction guide to avoid mistakes.
- Have electronic copies of all your documents, either using a scanner or simply a clear camera picture
- A valid (international) credit or debit card to pay the application fees.
As an applicant, you must pay an application fee of $150 CAD. You may even need to pay a biometrics fee of $85 CAD, if you have not given your biometrics before.
It is important to note that each country may have specific requirements according to that country’s visa office to apply through the SDS stream.
To view these country-specific requirements, click here. Then, select your country from the drop-down menu and click “continue.”
How Long is a Study Permit Valid for?
A study permit is usually valid for the length of your study program, plus an extra 90 days. The 90 days let you either; prepare to leave Canada or apply to extend your stay.
How long does it take to get study permit under SDS?
Canada study permit under the SDS stream has service standard of processing applications within calendar 20 days.
80% of the study permit from outside Canada are currently being processed within 7 weeks.
Do I need a study permit, if I want to study in Canada for less than 6 months?
No, a study permit is not required for a study program in Canada that is 6-month or less.
How many hours can an international student work in Canada?
An international student in Canada can work 20 hours per week off campus if their study permit mentions work authorization. Furthermore, they can work full-time during regular breaks.