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IRCC Improves the Processing of Student Applications from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines

June 2018, 09
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New Student Direct Stream

IRCC is pacing towards promotion of Canada as a top destination for overseas students who seek quality education. It aims to have efficient ways of processing their applications.

In order to help in the growth of study permit applications, IRCC has made an announcement regarding the Student Direct Stream. Additionally students who apply for a study permit can avail it.  The beneficiary countries are India, China, the Philippines and Vietnam. The applications of their Students, who show forthrightly, that they possess language skills, and adequate financial resources, to succeed academically, in the country, will be processed in a fast manner.

There were similar programs  in these countries in the past. Presently they are aligned together into a single program for ensuring a consistent approach.

Adding more countries


Moreover, there is also a plan to work on its expansion in Africa. The beneficiary countries will be Senegal and Kenya. The importance of Senegal is in accordance with the focus of the department to attract French-speaking students to Canada in large numbers.

The qualifying norms of SDS are that the applicants must meet extra requirements, particularly regarding language levels. These are stricter compared to the requirements of regular study permits. Such Students who do not possess the additional information required for SDS can submit the application using the regular study permit application process. This is available online also at the Visa Application Center.

The SDS will go together with the Express Entry system as the students will continue towards seeking permanent residence as well as the Canadian citizenship, when they complete their studies.

Developments at IRCC


IRCC has shown a commitment to find methods in improving the International Student Program. It will make its services fast, easy and have better accessibility. Furthermore, there will be an evaluation of the success of this program. The aim is to expand the program in 2019.

IRCC knows the great economic, social and cultural benefits which the foreign students bring to the country. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, says that there is a commitment to improve client service for all categories of applicants, and also continue to better and efficient methods to reduce the processing time.

Additional facts


Students who apply for SDS need to seek acceptance at a learning institution in Canada that has an authorization to enroll foreign students. Additionally, they must also meet the criteria, and submitting proofs regarding:

• Paying the Tuition fee for the first year of study at a learning institution in Canada that has an authorization to host international students
• Purchasing a Guaranteed Investment Certificate of $10,000,
• Completing a medical examination,
• Getting a qualifying score of at least 6 for English (IELTS), or a score of 7 for French in TEF, or also a graduation from a high school having the Canadian-curriculum

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