Canada has been a popular destination for international students for many years, offering high living standards and quality education. International students are also attracted to Canada’s post-study work options and pathways to permanent residency.
To begin studying in Canada, international students must first apply for a study permit. However, legal residents in certain countries can now get their study permit faster through the Student Direct Stream (SDS).
The SDS is an expedited stream for those applying to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution (DLI). These are the countries whose legal residents are eligible to apply under Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS) for faster processing of their study permit applications. Eligible applicants under the SDS can get a decision within 20 days instead of the regular 10-16 weeks.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
To be eligible for the SDS, applicants must have an acceptance letter from a post-secondary DLI, live outside of Canada when they apply, provide proof of tuition payment for the first year of study, have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000, and meet other requirements.
Applicants who do not live in eligible countries or do not meet the eligibility requirements can still apply for a study permit through the regular study permit application process. The SDS application must be completed online, and all required documents must be submitted with the application.
If approved, the applicant will receive a port of entry letter of introduction and an electronic travel authorization or a visitor visa, depending on their needs. Upon arrival in Canada, an officer will ensure that the applicant meets the requirements to enter the country, and if approved, they will be issued a study permit. The permit is valid until the end of the applicant’s school program, but if their passport expires before then, they will need to apply for an extension.
The SDS offers a faster application process for eligible international students who want to study in Canada. With a study permit, international students can take advantage of Canada’s high-quality education and post-study work options, which can lead to permanent residency.