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Student Direct Stream launched for India, China, the Philippines and Vietnam

The government of Canada announced that as of June 8th, 2018, the existing Student Partnership Program or SPP will be replaced with the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program. This new program will replace SPP for India and expand SDS into China, the Philippines and Vietnam.



The original SPP program restricted students to only a few select schools that they could select for their studies. Under the new SDS program any designated learning institution in Canada is an eligible study destination.

SDS will offer students a faster, more reliable and simpler visa processing system for International students coming to Canada. Canada’s goal is to eventually expand this process to more countries.


To be part of the SDS and to benefit from expedited processing, international students will need to provide proof that they:


To be eligible for SDS and benefit from their expediated visa processing, students will need to provide the following:


1) They have been accepted by an eligible post-secondary Designated Learning Institute (DLI)


2) They have paid their tuition for the first year.


3) They 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.


4) They have completed an upfront medical examination


5) They 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, students will be subject to normal processing times.

The SDS program is an exciting new addition to Canada’s economic action plan to attract more International students to choose Canada as their study destination. With a host of immigration initiatives designed around helping students transition to permanent residents and eventually achieve citizenship, Canada is investing in their multicultural future.




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