Student Direct Stream (SDS), Canada- A Complete Overview
Thursday, Jun 10
Canada, is that your dream study abroad destination? Are you keen on getting an admit in a Canadian University or college to fulfil your study abroad dreams? If your answer is yes and if you keenly aspire to study in Canada, then this article will surely be beneficial for you.
In this article, we will be focussing on an important aspect of processing student visas under Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS) which has a great advantage for international students from select countries. So, let’s proceed by understanding what this program is, where and for whom is it applicable, what are the requirements and how is it beneficial?
Canada had launched the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program on 7th June 2018. This is a government program that allows eligible international students from a select few countries to expedite the processing of their Canadian study permit.
Students from countries like India, Pakistan, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Morocco, and Senegal, can avail the benefit of this program. Initially India, Vietnam, China, and Philippines were introduced as a part of the program in 2018 with the other countries being added in 2019.
Through this SDS program for Canada, international students from these countries can get their Canada study permit approved within a short span of 20 calendar days as compared to the regular processing time of a Canada study permit, which may take between 6-8 weeks.
Major advantages of applying under SDS:
So, as we see, the SDS Program acts as one of the biggest advantages for the students from the countries mentioned above aspiring to study in Canada. As we have got an idea of what SDS program is and how is it beneficial, let us proceed to check SDS Canada program requirements.
Students applying for a program under SDS are supposed to meet the following eligibility criteria:
*Students who do not meet the requirements of SDS may file their visa under General Category. The processing time for General Category visas ranges from 6 - 8 weeks.
Students applying for a study permit through the Student Direct Stream need to do the process online. There is no paper application process for this program.
Steps to follow:
Payment: Applicants have to provide the biometrics for completing the application process. For this they should pay the fee along with their online application. If they require any help for providing biometrics or submitting their passport, they can visit the visa application centre (VAC).
Booking an appointment: Once they submit the application for their study permit through the Student Direct Stream, the applicants will have to book an appointment to provide their biometrics.
Providing your Biometrics: Once the applicant pays the application and biometrics fees (if applicable), he/she will receive an instruction letter with details on where and how to provide the biometrics, which have to be done within 30 days. They have to carry that letter, along with their valid passport to the centre.
The application will not commence being processed until the biometrics is provided.
The visa office processes most applications within 20 calendar days once they receive the biometrics of the applicant.
The applicants will receive:
So, without waiting further consult KC’s Canada Experts to get complete details of the SDS Canada Program.
If you are eligible and you get a study permit, then you can land in your dream study destination in no time.
So go ahead and start the process.