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Study Direct Stream

The Student Direct Stream (SDS) helps some prospective international students receive faster processing of their Canadian study permits.

Student Assessment

In order to be eligible, the applicant must be a legal resident of one of the following four countries:

  • China
  • India
  • The Philippines, or
  • Vietnam

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.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to 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:

  • Acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada
  • Upfront medical exam confirmation document
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 CAD
  • Proof that tuition fees for the first year of study in Canada have been paid
  • Proof of graduation from a Canadian curriculum high school or a language test showing either:
    • Score of at least 6 in each category of the IELTS
    • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens score of at least 7 for French

Application Procedure

Those eligible for the Student Direct Stream may apply either in-person or online. The exact documentation required and exact application procedure varies slightly depending on the country in which the applicant is residing. Interested applicants may consult the SDS Website for document checklists and country-specific application procedures.

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