Student Direct Stream (SDS)

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Student Direct Stream (SDS)

The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) program aiming to speed up the Student Permit application process for students coming from specific countries. The list of these countries can be found on the Canadian government website.

To qualify for SDS, applicants need to meet additional requirements, in particular language levels that are stricter than regular study permit requirements. Students who do not have all of the additional information required for SDS can apply through the regular study permit application process, either online or at a Visa Application Centre.

The minimum eligibility criteria to qualify for a Canadian study permit under the SDS processing can be found on the Canadian government website.

At present, Scotiabank and ICICI Bank Canada are the only participating Canadian financial institutions.

People who have previously been refused any Canadian study permit application are not eligible to apply under SDS.

Please click on the following links to get all the details and the forms needed to apply:

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