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Eligibility Requirements for SDS Programme

​(This information is relevant for all students who intend to pursue higher education in Canada)

In July 2019, Canada admitted Pakistan into its special visa application programme for students 'Student Direct Stream' (SDS). Under the SDS, the students are required to apply for visa which are expected to be issued within 20 working days provided the applications are complete.

​02.  The Canadian authorities have conveyed the following requirements for SDS Programme:

  • A legal resident living in 1 of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam 
  • Have an acceptance letter from a post-secondary institution (designated learning institution)
  • Live outside of Canada when applying
  • Have proof that he/she paid the tuition for your year of study
  • Have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000
  • Have a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) from the Ministere de I Immigration, de la Francisation et de I 'Integration (This is only applicable if planning to study in Quebec)
  • Get a medical exam before applying (if they need one)
  • Get a police certificate before applying (if they need one)
  • Have their most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcript(s)
  • Have a language test result that shows either: 
    1. ​An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic or general training score of 6.0 or higher in each skill (reading, writing, speaking, and listening)
      OR
    2. A test d'evaluation de francais (TEF) score that is equal to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of at least 7 in each skill (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) 
  • A student may also need to provide additional/other documents. All documents should accompany the visa application
  • In case additional documents are required, visa process may take longer. 

03.   The following students are not eligible for SDS:

  • If the student lives anywhere other than one of the countries listed above (even if he/she is a citizen of one of the countries above), he/she must apply through the regular study permit application process.
  • If the applicant lives in another country (even if he/she is a citizen of one of the countries above), or if he/she does not meet the eligibility for faster processing he/she may still be eligible for a study permit through the regular study permit application process. 

04.  This information is for all relevant stakeholders, especially the students who intend to pursue higher education in Canada.

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