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7th Aug, 2018 Visitor Visa, Canada

Student Direct Stream (SDS) is a new program introduced by Canadian Govt., which replaces the current Student Partners Program (SPP), in cooperation with Scotiabank, to facilitate visa processing for international students studying in Canada.

The SDS(Study Direct Stream) Program, begun on Jun 16, 2017, which will speed up processing time of visa for full time studies attending at universities and colleges in Canada.

Here are the top 5 things one should know before applying to SDS:

  1. An IELTS score with a minimum band of 6 for each ability (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) taken within past two years as compared to previous 5.5 band for each ability in SPP.
  2. Should have a proof of payment of the tuition fee for one year which was previously six months under SPP.
  3. Purchase of special GIC(Guaranteed Investment Certificate)" should be from Scotiabank with amount of Cad $10000 to cover all living expenses for initial year of stay in Canada during study
  4. When both, the tuition fee for one year and GIC of CAD$10,000, purchased and paid, it shows trust that the student is competent and capable to study in Canada for one year without any hassle. So, this resulted in less financial documentation and faster visa processing time (around 45 days) as compared to any other category.
  5. The student should also have an Upfront medical examination at least one week before submission of the application.
So these were some of the advantages and the requirements of the SDS program. Also, there are many other benefits for Indian students to study in Canada as compared to any other study-abroad destinations.

Top reasons to study in Canada for Indian students are:

  • World-class institutions offering various level of education to international students
  • Low tuition fee and living expense as compared to any other country with high quality infrastructure
  • Healthy and safe environment to study and work for international students
  • Easy PR opportunities for Indian students as compared to any other country
The List of SDS colleges in Canada for International Students is listed in the next blog post.