Canada is making it even easier for international students from certain Asian and African partner countries to become international students in Canada!
Read on to find out if you are eligible to apply for a Canadian study permit through SDS Canada.
Canada’s Student Direct Stream, sometimes called SDS Canada, helps fast-track the processing of study permits for certain international students. Most SDS applications are processed within 20 days.
If you live in one of the following countries in Africa or Asia, you may be eligible to apply for a Canadian study permit through the Student Direct Stream:
If a person is a resident of another country (even if they are a citizen of one of the countries listed above) then they must apply through the regular study permit application process.
The Canadian government will begin processing your application once you have submitted your biometrics and shown that you meet all eligibility requirements.
International students applying through SDS Canada are required to show proof of full payment of the tuition for the first year of their studies.
This might look like:
Applicants must also submit a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)
In order to be eligible for SDS, the person must be a resident of one of the countries listed above. As well, the person must have the following required documents:
A GIC is a Canadian investment that has a guaranteed rate of return for a fixed period of time. Many banks offer GICs. The bank that gives you the GIC must:
Once you arrive in Canada, you will receive a portion of your GIC. The rest will be paid out to you over the next 10 to 12 months.
If your bank or GIC doesn’t meet these criteria, you won’t be able to apply through the Student Direct Stream.
You can get a GIC from a financial institution listed on the Canadian Deposit Insurance Company website. Make sure the financial institution you choose offers a GIC and meets the criteria for the Student Direct Stream.
The following financial institutions offer GICs that meet the criteria:
Click here to read more about the best GIC rates in Canada for 2020.
Yes. Your spouse, partner, and dependent children may come with you when you apply through SDS Canada!
They may also be eligible for faster processing times when submitting applications for work permits, study permits, or visitor visas.
All family members must complete and submit their applications at the same time. When you apply online, indicate that you have family members coming with you to Canada. This lets you complete their applications at the same time as yours.
The only way to apply for a study permit through SDS is online. This instruction guide can help you to fill out the necessary forms.
You will also need:
Remember, a study permit is NOT a visa. You may still need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) in order to enter Canada. This will be issued to do you by the federal government along with your study permit.
Click here and select the country or territory you’re applying from to get your local visa office instructions and to apply online
Canada makes it easy for international students to become permanent residents if they want to remain in the country.
The Post-Graduate Work Permit allows international students to stay in Canada and work for up to three years after graduating. After working in Canada for one year, international graduates may be eligible to apply for permanent residency.
Click here to learn more about study pathways to Canadian permanent residency.
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