With the Canadian government initiative to shorten the visa application processing time, more international students are expected to apply to Canadian post-secondary institutions. The existing Student Partnership Program (SPP) in India will be replaced with the Student Direct Stream (SDS). While the existing SPP in India is restricted to international students intending to study at one of approximately 40 post-secondary institutions in Canada, the new SDS will be open to all international students going to any Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada, including both publicly-funded and private post-secondary institutions.
The SDS will offer faster and simpler visa processing to high calibre international students best placed to complete their academic studies. High Commissioner for Canada to India Nadir Patel said, “Canada has quickly become the preferred destination for Indian students looking for high quality international education at a competitive and affordable cost. The new SDS will provide for students aspiring to go to Canada with an even faster and more streamlined visa application process.”
To be part of the SDS and to benefit from expedited processing, international students will need to provide proof that they:
- have been accepted by an eligible post-secondary Designated Learning Institute (DLI)
- have paid their tuition for the first year
- have obtained a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 from one of the financial institutions approved by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to provide this service
- have completed an upfront medical examination
- have the minimum-required IELTS level of English language ability of 6.0 in all categories (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
For SDS study permit applications, the processing time will be an expedited 45 days or less. For non-SDS applications, these will be subject to normal processing times. To benefit from processing times under SDS, applicants should preferably apply online.