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Student Direct Stream SDS Canada in India

Student Direct Stream SDS Canada in India

Student Direct Stream (SDS) Program which streamlines the process for the Philippines, Vietnam, China & India:

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It was announced several times recently that student direct stream will be implemented in February 2018 and then postponed. Finally, it has now been officially announced on the 8th of June 2018 in the above-mentioned countries.  Most SPP colleges have implemented the SDS program requirements already and increased their English requirements, which will have a great effect on the student numbers from India. The key change is increasing the IELTS band score from 5.5 each skill to 6.0 each skill for the post-secondary diploma programs. It has been witnessed that Canadian SPP Colleges have received student applications over their capacity in recent past intakes and turnaround time for a letter of acceptance has also gone up from 2 weeks to 6-8 weeks. The key reason was that there were only 47 SPP Colleges in Canada and Indian students were preferring to study at one of them not only for quality education but also for a streamlined visa processing route and positive visa outcome.

What is the Student Direct Stream (SDS) Program

Some international students can get their study permits faster by using the Student Direct Stream. If your application is complete, it can be started reviewing by Immigration right away.

If your application meets the regular study permit criteria but not the Student Direct Stream criteria, it will be reviewed as a regular study permit but you won’t get faster processing.

The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is a program that will speed up the processing for the full-time studies attending students in universities and colleges in Canada. The SDS Program is supported by Scotiabank, a leading Canadian financial institution. Scotiabank will provide eligible students with the opportunity to purchase a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC), which will satisfy the financial statement requirements of the SDS program.

SDS Program Requirements

Students applying for a program under SDS must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Admission to a full-time program in a publicly-funded post-secondary institution such as universities, colleges, institutes or CEGEP;
  2. An IELTS score with a minimum band of 6 for each ability (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) taken within the past two years;
  3. Purchase of a special Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) from Scotiabank of CAD$10,000 to cover living expenses for the first year of stay in Canada;
  4. Proof of payment of the tuition fee for one (1) year; AND
  5. Upfront medical examination at least one week before submission of the application.

Advantages of applying under SDS

The major advantages of applying under SDS are:
The streamlined visa process for all SDS eligible institutions.

  • Less financial documentation.
  • Faster visa processing time.

What are the advantages of studying in Canada?

World-class institutions
Lower cost
The safe and healthy environment for students
Work while studying
Eligible for Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)
Possibility to Apply for Permanent Resident in Canada subject to meeting requirements

Do have any question on Student Direct Stream?

We recommend leaving a comment below for any specific doubt. You can share this post through social media links given below so that students like yourself can also clear their doubts in regards to:

Student Direct Stream in India
Canada study permit applications
Non-SDS Study permit applications

Here is the List of SDS Colleges/Universities in Canada.

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149 thoughts on “Student Direct Stream SDS Canada in India

  1. Sir, i have 6 band in each module except writing i got 5.5. If i apply under non sds for post graduation under lethbridge college canada , can i get work permit after completing my studies?

    1. Hello, Graduates from private colleges cannot get post study work permit. the only exception is if the private college is located in Quebec. Hope this answeres your query.

  2. Hi sir I have overall 6 band Nd 5.5 writing others 6. I have submitted my file on 16 june,approximately when I get visa

    1. Study permit application processing is taking time nowadays because of the high volume of applications received by the immigration department. You shall wait for the decision and keep checking the status online.

  3. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I have got my unconditional offer letter from Centinnial, i have completed my Btech Biotechnology in India. In my offer letter it is given semester of study as 3. What does it mean? I have chosen for 2 year program.
    please help wit this.

  4. my items score is 7 not less than six, b.com with 63% and m. com with 74%, i have got offer letter for pay degree diploma in marketing Management from public college, langara college Vancouver, is pdd in marketing manager a relevant course for me ?? plz help

  5. is post degree diploma in marketing management a relevant course after b.com and m.com, what are the Visa chances, plzzzz help

  6. Dear Sir,

    Greetings of the day.

    My name is Shubham and I applied for Study permit on 11th June,2018.
    Also, Seven more friends of mine applied on the same day.
    Some of them applied in General Stream while some including me applied in SDS.
    I am totally aware of Official processing time of 60 days or 45 days.
    As per our experience with CIC our quires are as follows:

    1) Why offline Visas(Even General Stream) are responded much faster in comparison with Online Visa?
    2) Why SDS visas are delayed over the commitment of 45 days?
    3) Not a Single SDS visa applied online are responded, Why?

    We applied(SDS) online because CIC website recommended us to do so.

    Three of my friends got Visa because luckily they applied offline regardless of SDS or General.
    Remaining four of us(SDS) are still waiting after 45 days.

    It is my humble request to you please give us explanation about the clear partiality between online and Offline processing period.
    Your response is important to us as we will recommend our juniors of next intake to apply like wise.
    Thanks for your positive response.


    1. Hello Shubham,
      CIC has different offices to process study permit applications and we have reasons to believe applications gets transferred to an appropriate location as per the workload. Your application in SDS is still under process as mentioned by you but decisions are based on a case by case basis. There are plenty of SDS applications decided within 45 days. CIC can only state standard processing time but the decisions are taken sometimes early and sometimes late. You should not worry about it as it is very normal. If your application is a quality application then you can expect a positive outcome very soon.

  7. Thanks for sharing.
    Am I eligible for applying Canada student visa for Jan 2019?

    I had passed B.tech(cse0 in 2017, scoring 6.4 CGPA and got 6 bands in IELST

  8. Hello Sir
    I am Piyush and i Got 6.5 overall and only 5.5 in one module …..but other than dis i scored 92 percent in 12 commerce….should i apply for general….plz help me …i am feeling depressed bcoz of my ielts score…can i get my visa ….?

    1. You can apply study permit in general category. If your academics are good then chances are bright. If you can reappear in IELTS and score 6.0 in each module then you will be able to apply under SDS scheme.

  9. Kindly Reply to my doubts!!!!
    1) What is the Processing Fee for SDS, if any?
    2) What is the SDS & Regular visa processing time?
    3) What happens if SDS visa application is refused?
    4) What happens to GIC if we do not meet the SDS requirements?

    1. Hi, Please see reply below to your questions:
      1) What is the Processing Fee for SDS, if any? : Same as the normal study permit application
      2) What is the SDS & Regular visa processing time? 45 days SDS and 60 days regular
      3) What happens if SDS visa application is refused? You can check the decline reason and reapply
      4) What happens to GIC if we do not meet the SDS requirements? GIC is recommended regardless application is submitted under SDS or Regular.

  10. Hello,

    I had applied for Visa under SDS on 17 July 2018.

    I have attached the following documents:
    – Notarized documents of all academic marks sheets, course completion certificate and result sheets of GRE & IELTS (overall 7.5 : L-8.5, R-8, W-7, S-7)
    – SOP
    – Income records
    – Medicals
    – Investment Balance Confirmation from ICICI Bank Canada.
    – Tuition Fee Payment for 1 year.
    – Offer Letter
    – Online fee payment reciept.

    When am I likely to get the Visa Approval message and the Visa? My classes start on 4th September. I’m really worried.

    Also, I’m unable to link the application to my online account.

    Please help.

    1. Hi, a decision can be received by you at any point of time. Standard time published for an SDS application is 45 days. Hope this information would help.

  11. Igot 6overall 5.5 in one module i do btech in electrical please help which college give offer letter to me for pg diploma

  12. Hello,
    I wanted to do pgdip at Niagara college and applied thrpugh a consultancy, however i havent received any confirmation from them telling that they have applied inspite of asking multiple times. Is there any way where i can confirm if mu docs have been submitted and applied for the same?? Since today is the last day i am a bit concerned and it is nerve-racking to think what if they haven’t applied?

  13. Hi sir/mam plzzzzz Reply it’s urgent,is it true if any student have overall 6 band nd 5.5 in one module nd he/ she would not get visa after 8 june rules

  14. Hii sir/mam I completed my 12 in 2016 and have 1 year computer diploma and scored 6.5 bands each and i made my GIC with ICICI band is this enough for visa .,
    And pls let me know that GIC with ICICI bank does or doesn’t have any issue in visa processing as Scotiabank is mentioned in requirement under SDS pls reply fast

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