20-Day Canada Study Permit Processing Via Student Direct Stream

Date Published : January 22, 2020 | Category : Study In Canada




Jul 29, 2019 – Pakistanis wishing to study in Canada have been added to the list of nationalities covered under the Student Direct Stream.

The federal government move gives candidates applying for a Canada Study Permit from the Asian country access to 20-day standard processing.


Pakistan joins China, India, Philippines and Vietnam as the five countries with access to the SDS.

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.

The SDS, launched in 2018, now includes applicants from:

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

How Do I Qualify for the Student Direct Stream?

The SDS is available to candidates living in China, India, Philippines, Pakistan 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 and police certificate (if required).
  • • 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.

Canada Study Visa

Canada welcomes more than 350,000 students from foreign jurisdictions each year. If you intend to study at a Canadian educational institution, most foreign nationals must apply for a study permit. A study permit, once issued, allows a foreign national to study in Canada at an approved institute for the duration of the specified course or program.

In some cases, you do not require a study permit to go to school in Canada:

  • If the course or program you intend to study is less that 6 months in duration.
  • If you are a family member or staff of a foreign representative to Canada.
  • If you are a member of a foreign armed force.

To be eligible to study in Canada:

  • You must have been accepted by a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada.
  • You must prove that you have enough money to pay for your:
    • tuition fees
    • living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada; and
    • return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
  • You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate.
  • You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.
  • You must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay.

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