The Student Direct Stream (SDS) extended to other countries
The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is an expedited study permit processing program for those who are applying to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution (DLI).
The SDS is available to legal residents who also reside in
Proof of a valid language test result, completed within 2 years of the date the SDS application was received, (IELTS or TEF)
Proof of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000 or more from any bank insured by the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC) or any bank listed on the IRCC SDS web page
The GIC must meet the following criteria:
When the GIC has been purchased, the bank provides a letter of attestation, the GIC certificate, the Investment Directions Confirmation or the Investment Balance Confirmation to the applicant.
The bank holds the funds in an investment account or a student account that is inaccessible for release to the applicant until the applicant’s arrival in Canada.
Upon entry to Canada, the bank must validate the client’s identity before releasing funds to the study permit holder.
The applicant receives an initial disbursement upon identifying themselves, and the remaining funds are disbursed in monthly or bimonthly installments over a period of 10 to 12 months.
Proof of full payment of tuition for the applicant’s first year of study
This may be in the form of the following:
a receipt from the DLI
an official letter from the DLI confirming payment of tuition fees
a receipt from a bank showing that tuition fees have been paid to the DLI
proof that the tuition fee amount has been transferred into a repository account at the DLI to be applied to the tuition bill at a later date
Letter of acceptance from a post-secondary DLI
Most recent secondary or post-secondary educational transcripts
Proof of completion of upfront medical examination from a panel physician for applicants