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SDS (Student Direct Stream) for Canada 

  Posted On: 20 September 2023

SDS (Student Direct Stream) for Canada 

Aspiration is the key to motivation, and every individual aspires to higher goals in life. If you want to study in Canada, you must apply for a Student Visa. Getting a Student Visa to study abroad in Canada is a challenging and time–consuming process. Therefore, it is recommended that you apply for the same at least 6-8 months before your classes start and as soon as you receive an offer letter from Canadian University. To streamline and accelerate the process of Student visas for Canada, the Canadian Government has introduced the Student Direct Stream.

In this blog, we will briefly explore the SDS process and changes introduced in the requirements by IRCC for the students applying under SDS. Here we go!

Get a brief of Student Direct Stream.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada launched the SDS program to fasten and expedite the student visa process for some international students who are legal residents of the following countries: The SDS has made the process of student visas efficient and convenient. SDS applications are accepted only online. IRCC processes SDS applications within 20 calendar days. Thus, SDS enables applicants to receive their visas within 4 to 6 weeks.
Non-SDS is a general visa process which is lengthy and requires more documentation. The success rate of non-SDS applications is 40 per cent. 

Know the eligibility criteria for SDS applications. 



Non- SDS

Accepted legal residents

Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago and Vietnam.


Applicable to all countries.

Required Documents

  • Proof of a guaranteed investment certificate (GIC) of CAN $ 10,000
  • Proof of full payment of tuition fee for the first year of study.
  • Acceptance letter from a post-secondary DLI
  • Proof of language test result
  • Recent secondary or post- secondary educational transcript.
  • Proof of medical examination from a panel physician.


  • Visa application fee of $150
  • Proof of prior work experience, pay stubs for the last three months.
  • Proof of financial support such as bank savings, medical certification,
  • Income tax return documents
  • Receipt of tuition fee
  • Acceptance letter from a registered DLI college
  • Undergraduate degree or advance diploma with a minimum of 50 percent
  • Academic transcripts with a minimum score 0f 55 percent.


Accepted online

Accepted offline and online

Visa processing time

20 days

7-8 weeks

Success rate

70 percent

40 percent



Streamlined and expedite

Lengthy and time-consuming


Great news for IELTS Academic 
Before you dream about studying at a Canadian University, knowing whether you meet the eligibility criteria and are willing to provide the required documents is essential. SDS aims to process the study permit application in just four weeks to the regular processing time of several months.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced that it will start accepting Additional English language tests for the Student Direct stream process starting from 10th August 2023. 

Let us briefly explore the changes introduced 
Before 10th August 2023: 
The accepted IELTS score is 6.0 or above in each language skill (listening, reading, writing, and speaking)
After 10th August 2023:
IRCC will accept the following language tests for the SDS visa process.
IELTS Academic- a minimum overall score of at least 6
CAEL- a minimum overall score of 60
CELPIP – a minimum of 7 for each skill
TOEFL IBT – minimum of 83

This means applicants who choose IELTS Academic require an overall band score of 6.0 instead of scoring 6 and above in each skill. Candidates taking the IELTS General Training test must achieve a minimum of 6.0 on each skill to qualify for the SDS study permit program. As part of this announcement, a band score 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening is equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7. The changes in IRCC’s English test requirements for SDS made it easier for international students to study in Canada. 
You can contact our experts if you have any other queries regarding the SDS and non-SDS process at SIEC.