As per the new service standard introduced by Canada immigration authorities, candidates who have applied for Study Permits through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) will have their applications processed within 20 days. Besides, the Student Direct Stream applications are being centralised and processed by a Centralised network in order to expedite the processing. However, the authorities have specified that in order to qualify for SDS processing, the study permit applications have to be submitted electronically.
Student Direct Stream
The Student Direct Stream was introduced in June 2018 with an aim to expedite Study Permit processing for international students from key Asian markets, which means China, India, Philippines and Vietnam. In order to be eligible to apply under the Student Direct Stream, the candidates must be living outside Canada at the time of application. They must pay their first year tuition fee at a designated learning institution up from and purchase a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of at least $10000. Besides, they must complete an upfront medical examination and provide a police clearance certificate. Moreover, they must score at least 6 for English (IELTS), or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens score of 7 for French (TEF), or must have graduated from a Canadian-curriculum high school.
International students in Canada
As per 2016 estimates, international student contribute $15.5 billion per year to the Canadian economy, supporting nearly 170,000 jobs. In the end of 2018, the number of international students in Canada was 572,415. Between 2017 and 2018, university enrolments in Canada have been increased by 15 per cent. The number of study permits issued by Canada has also been increased by 180 per cent.
Canada has adopted a three-step process to retain international students in the country. First issue them Study Permits for full-time education in Canada, second issue them Post Graduation Work Permit upon the completion of the studies and third, with the study and work experience earned from Canada, make them eligible for permanent residence in the country. This has made Canada one of the most favourite study destinations for international students.
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