Study Permit - Study Direct Stream (SDS)

1 Overview:

The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is an expedited study permit processing program available to legal residents of India, China, Philippines and Vietnam who are living in 1 of these 4 countries and wanting to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution (DLI) and who meet specific requirements by providing upfront documentation. Citizens of these countries who are residing elsewhere when submitting an application will be processed under regular study permit conditions.

SDS applications are centralized and processed by the Centralized Network (CN). The service standard for SDS processing is 20 calendar days. Processing starts after receipt of a complete application and biometrics.


2 Eligibility Requirements:

To qualify, you must:

  • have been accepted by an eligible Canadian college or university
  • demonstrate the required English language abilities
  • provide evidence of sufficient financial support for the duration of your studies
  • provide evidence that you have had a medical examination before submitting your application


3 How to Apply

As of April 30th 2019, study permit applications submitted through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) must be submitted online.

Application Documents  (for applicants in China)

  • Completed “Application for a Study Permit” (IMM 1294). If your spouse or common-law partner and/or children will accompany you, they need to complete their own application using the appropriate application form.
  • Family Information Form [IMM 5707], fully completed, dated and signed. You must answer every question. If not applicable, write N/A.
  • Details of Education and Employment” form for you completed in English or French AND Chinese, for Chinese applicants only
  • Your valid passport. There must be one completely blank page other than the last page available in the passport. If possible, the passport should be valid for the duration of proposed study.
  • Two (2) photos. All photos must meet the requirements of the Photo specifications Appendix. On the back of one photo, write the name and date of birth of the person appearing in the photo.
  • Copy of your national identity document (two sides) for Chinese applicants only
  • The correct processing fee in the acceptable format (refer to Fee schedule). Fee is non-refundable. If you need to give your biometrics, the $85 CAD biometric fee covers the VAC service charge.
  • A copy of the medical examination form given to you by the Panel Physician. Please see our website for more information.
  • “Use of representative form” (IMM5476) , if applicable
  • Custodianship declaration from your parent(s) and from the custodian in Canada if you are under 18 years of age.
  • A Study Plan including: A description of your program of studies as it relates to your academic, technical, or vocational background and future career goals (maximum 1 page long)
  • A copy of a valid Letter of Acceptance from the Admissions/Registrar’s Office of one of the Designated institution in Canada.
  • Submit evidence of your language abilities:
    • A valid IELTS test result (issued within the last two years) showing an overall band of 6.0 OR
    • TEF test result showing score of B2/level 4 OR
    • Canadian High School diploma from a recognized Canadian-curriculum high school outside of Canada OR
    • Transcripts showing completion of 2 years of a Canadian Curriculum post-secondary university 2+2 program
  • If you are intending to study in Québec: Evidence of a valid Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ).
  • An official copy of your most recent secondary or post-secondary degree, diploma or certificate, and most recent transcripts.
  • Police certificates: If you are 18 years old or above. You must obtain a police certificate from each country or territory where you have lived for six consecutive months or longer since reaching the age of 18.
  • Evidence of the purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from a participating financial institution in the amount of C$10,000.
  • Copy of receipt(s) showing payment of tuition fees for the first year.
  • If applicable, scholarships/other funding: Original letter containing details of the funding you are to receive during each year of your proposed course of study.