What is the SDS program for Study in Canada?
IRCC, the Canadian government has launched the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program in India on 8th June 2018 to provide more eligible Indian students with the opportunity to Study in Canada post-secondary institutions (Universities and Polytechnics) and for the faster student visa application processing time. SDS (Student Direct Stream) is a student permit facilitation program that will offer faster and simpler visa processing to international students.
What are the requirements for the SDS Canadian (Student Direct Stream) program?
In order to be eligible for SDS Canada, students will need to:
- have the minimum-required IELTS level of English language ability of each 6.0 in all sections (reading, writing, listening, and speaking)
- purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000,
- have been accepted by an eligible Post secondary Designated Learning Institute (DLI List)
- tuition payment for the first year of study at a DLI in Canada,
- completion of an upfront medical examination,
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Canadian Student Direct Stream (SDS) for India
What about the students who have already applied for a student visa under the SPP program? Will they be considered under SPP OR SDS Canada?
Don’t worry, If you have already submitted your application under the SPP program. In such cases, this new SDS Canada program will not affect in any way. IRCC will continue processing your application as they committed to do under the previous SPP program.
Have I assured a student visa if I choose to apply through SDS?
No, Visa is not assured for any visa category. The SDS Canada visa category provides a streamlined student visa application process and faster processing times but you must have to fulfill all the requirements for a student visa.
Please Share SDS Canada college list 2018
All DLI (designated learning institute) are eligible under SDS Canada Category.
What is a DLI (designated learning institute)? Can I have a list of DLIs?
A DLI is an institute approved by a state /provincial/territorial government to train and host international students. If you plan to apply for Student Visa under SDS, make sure your college is on this list: http://bit.ly/2HMgN42
Will I get a Post-graduation work permit after Study from Any DLI on List?
Not all DLIs make you eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. The last column of the DLI List is the “Offers PGWP-eligible programs”. If you want Post-graduation work permit after Study, Choose the institute with YES in the “Offers PGWP-eligible programs” column. you need to meet all other criteria to get a post-graduation work permit.
Are all colleges covered under SDS Study in Canada or only those under SPP? I am accepted by one of the Canadian colleges, do I qualify for SDS?
Under SDS, more colleges and universities would be eligible. To verify if an institution is included, check the website at http://bit.ly/2HMgN42
I think I am eligible for the SDS program (Student Direct Stream), however, I am not sure. Can I still apply for my Student Visa?
YES. You can apply for your Student Visa under the SDS program. If however, the Department finds you are not eligible for the SDS program then they will process your application under the regular Student Visa requirements.
I have appeared for TOEFL / PTE Exam. Am I eligible to apply under SDS Category?
As per the requirements for the SDS program, TOEFL/PTE scores are not accepted as eligibility criteria.
Under the SDS Category, What is the processing time for study visa applications for Canada?
For SDS Student visa applications, the processing time will be 45 days or less. The processing time of the Regular student visa application is 60 days.
I want to apply for a Canadian student visa, but I want to Pay semester wise Fees to the University. Is it Possible?
Under SDS, one of the requirements is paying one-year fees upfront. However, you can apply through the regular Student Visa application by paying less than 1-year fees.
What is the Deadline for student visa applications under the SDS?
We strongly advise that you submit your student visa application at least 3 months ahead of your intended date of travel to Canada. Student visa Applications under SDS received after 1 April for May entry, after 1 August for September entry, and after 1 December for January entry may not be processed in time for the start of the course and may be refused.
Can I still apply for a Student Visa even though I do not qualify to apply under the SDS?
Yes. You can still apply for a Student Visa and will be processed within the current 60-day service standard.
Can I apply online for the SDS program?
YES. Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to apply for your Student Visa application online to benefit from simpler and efficient processing and communication.
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