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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 Philippines, Vietnam, China & India:

It was announced several times recently that study direct stream was to be implemented in February 2018 and then in March 2018 to India and finally it has now been officially announced on 8th of June 2018 in the above-said countries.  Most SPP colleges had implemented the SDS program requirements already, which impacted their overall student numbers from India. The key change that will impact the overall numbers 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 is that there are only 47 SPP Colleges in Canada and Indian students prefer to study at one of them not only for quality education but also for streamlined visa processing and positive visa outcomes.

What is 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) Program is a program that will speed up the processing for the full-time studies attending universities and colleges in Canada for students of the above-said countries. 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 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)
Opportunity to Apply for Permanent Resident in Canada

Do have any question on Student Direct Stream?

We recommend leaving a comment below for any specific doubt. You can share our post through social media links given below so that students can clear their doubts in regards to SDS as well as their Canada study permit applications already submitted at the visa office or if in case they are not meeting SDS requirements.

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44 thoughts on “Student Direct Stream SDS Canada in India

  1. Hi sr or mam, i hv a quarry abt sds rule because i deposited my 6 months fees in niagara college and got letter of acceptance but according to new criteria of sds ielts band score is 6 in each module however i got 5.5 in listening and other i hv 6 overall 6 band….

    1. Hi Lakshay, Thank you for contacting us. If you are not meeting the requirements of SDS then either you reappear in IELTS exam or apply under regular study permit application. SDS applications will be given high priority by the immigration department for faster processing.
      I am sending you the link. You can get more information. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

      https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5269-applying-study-permit-outside-canada.html

    1. Hello Gurvir,
      Thank you for contacting us. Yes, you are meeting English requirements to apply under SDS. But you need to check the course entry requirements of the institutions in Canada. If you are able to receive Letter of Acceptance and pay first-year tuition fee upfront then you can apply. Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us again.

  2. I got my offer letter under spp uni. And 5.5 score in one module and overal 6bands.
    I applied for pg diploma .
    Can i will get the visa?
    I have paid 1yr tutuion fee

    1. Hello Rajbir,
      Thank for your contacting Turning Point Studies Consultants Pvt Ltd. You cannot apply under SDS as you are not meeting the minimum English Requirements i.e. IELTS 6.0 Overall and each. But you can apply under regular study permit application. SDS applications will be given high priority by the immigration department for faster processing.
      I am sending you the link. You can get more information. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

      https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5269-applying-study-permit-outside-canada.html

  3. Hi, my Seneca student ID 121517189 is and I have paid first semester fees with GIC being purchased. But the SDS wants the students to pay first year fee in full ,is it really necessary to do so because I have paid the fees long back and yet to lodge visa in couple of days. And I believe it is injustice being done on students who have paid earlier with the burden in the present scenario.

    1. Hello Shashank,

      To apply under SDS Canada you are required to pay first year tuition fee upfront, which is now mandatory. If you do not wish to pay first year tuition fee then you can still apply for a study permit under regular study permit application. SDS applications will be given high priority by the immigration department for faster processing.
      I am sending you the link. You can get more information. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

      https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5269-applying-study-permit-outside-canada.html

    1. Hello Deepak,
      Thank you for contacting Turning Point Studies Consultants Pvt Ltd, As a part of SDS 1st year tuition fee (2 semesters) upfront payment is required. Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  4. I have scored 50% marks in non medical in 12th class because of some problem but i have scored 7.5 bands in ielts .Can i get the visa for canada?

    1. Hello Gagan,
      Thank you for contacting Turning Point Studies Consultants Pvt Ltd. In order to check your academic suitability, We need to check your 12th mark sheet if you can WhatsApp that to 9896123000. IELTS 7.5 overall is good but we need to know individual skill score as well.

    1. Hello Sukhjot, with one band score of 5.0 it makes your profile weak. If your academic profile is good and you reappear in IELTS exam and score 6.0 overall and 6.0 each then you can apply again.

    1. Hi Summer, Thank you for contacting Turning Point Studies Consultants Pvt Ltd. SDS Canada is introduced this month on 9th and its requirements are detailed in the article above. Whosoever is not meeting SDS requirements can apply under Regular study permit application process.

  5. Hello sir , i applied on 9th june at about 3.00 pm. Will I be refused?
    And i have also had been refused in may because of expired offer letter.
    Am I under spp or sds.

    1. Hello Harpreet,
      Thank you for contacting Turning Point Studies Consultants Pvt Ltd. Applying under SDS or Regular study permit application has no impact on the outcomes of your visa application as such. If your academics and IELTS score is meeting the study permit requirements then it can be approved. Study permit applications under SDS will surely be given priority for faster processing and chances of visa grant are better than regular study permit applications.

    1. Hi Paramveer, Thank you for contacting Turning Point Studies Consultants Pvt Ltd. If you choose to study Post Secondary program then 6.0 overall and 6.0 in each skill is required but if you choose to study a Post Degree program then 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each skill is required.

  6. Hello Sir/Mam,

    I have applied My Application before the SDS rule In May also paid GIC ,fee and other things.
    Will that rule also be applied on those applicants who has applied before that rule or they will be taken under that rule which is at the time of application.

    Currenlty our file haven’t reached canada embassy, but other things has been done except caq.

    Please let me know as soon as possible Please!!!

    Thanks & Regards
    Deepak Kohli

    1. Hello Deepak, Thank you for contacting Turning Point Studies Consultants Pvt Ltd. As per my understanding if your application has not yet received by Embassy then it will be little doubtful. Study permit applications applied online before 9th June will be considered as an SPP Application and after 9th June applications submitted should fall in SDS or Regular study permit application, whichever way student chooses to apply.

  7. Sir/Ma’am,
    I am Kartavya Pandit from Rajkot.

    I am now gonna apply for Canada visa and have already my GIC.

    But I am not into SDS program, so will I face any difficulties?

    I am applying for fall 2018.

  8. Hello, I have paid my 1 year fee and scored 7 bands in IELTS with no less than 6.5 Bands in each module. I am planning to apply for visa around 25th June, So in how many days i will get my visa under SDS?

  9. Hello Kartavya, Thank you for contacting Turning Point Studies Consultants Pvt Ltd. If you are not meeting “SDS Canada” requirements then you have no choice than to apply under regular study permit application process. Your application will take more time to decide and if your academic profile is good and IELTS score is 6.0 overall and 6.0 in each skill then you have better chances of positive visa outcomes.

  10. Dear sir/ mam,
    My overoll band is 6 with no band less than 6 in each module. can i apply for pg diploma under SDS in any college.

  11. I am pplying to private university called University Canada West in BC in MBA program which now comes under SDS list, i want to know will i get a work permit of 3 years after studies or not if i do masters from private institute? TIA

  12. Hi.i lodged my application last may 31 under SDs.my online status still shows in progress …even my medical no change in status even i did upfront medical.is this normal,??when will i expect change in my status ? Thank you

  13. my queston is bit different, I am a british citizen holding british passport and OCI card which allows me to stay in india without visa, as i came to india when i was 1 yrs old and since then lived here and grown up here.i have got 6.5 band no less than 6 and paid 1 year fees.As i have seen on the IRCC website they have mentioned that if you are a legal resident in one of theses countries(india,China,Veitnam,Phillipines) than you are eligible to apply under SDS stream.So, Please help me to answer my query,

    Thanking You

  14. 1. if suppose i pay upfront 1 year course fees–is it refundable if i dont get visa??

    2. processing time in SDS??

    3. Even if it is 1 year course we need to pay upfront full year fees ??

    1. Hello sir need your help lots of confusion for this new SDS PROGRAM….. PTE ACADEMIC WAS ACCEPTABLE under SPP …. can we still apply with PTE SCORES UNDER SDS PROGRAM??? Pls reply thanks

  15. Sir/Ma’am,
    Can I apply under SDS with my TOEFL score, provided that I meet all other requirements? I got 111/120 in TOEFL. I did not appear for IELTS.

  16. My name is Shajahan.
    I’m an Indian who resides in Bahrain and currently employed here.
    I have stayed in bahrain from birth and have only been to India for vacations.
    I have been to India for vacations only 330 days in last 4 years. I’m in bahrain right now and have applied to my college.But I’ll be coming to India soon and only then applying for my visa.
    Would i be eligible for SDS system if i apply from India?

  17. I did PTE in 20 October 2016 with L 54, R 60, S 56, W 61 overall 58 Scores. I had applied for PG diploma in Robotics and Industrial Automation from Connestoga College Now I got my Offer letter of this course for Jan 2019 Intake. Now I am confused Fisrt of all I want to know, Is Canadian Embassy gives study permit on PTE score ? More over, my PTE score is going to expire on 20 October 2018 but my consultant said we will get the visa before it and we should file are case to embassy ASAP. Is it possible to get visa for the intake when my language score will be nill ?
    Moreover as per my PTE score is each 6 as compared with ielst score grapgh. M I eligible for apply my case under SDS by paying full year fee ?

  18. Hello sir/ma’am,
    I have appeared for TOEFL examination. Am I eligible to apply under SDS scheme? Or suppose if I apply through SDS, wil my application be transferred to general scheme if it doesn’t satisfy the language criteria because of TOEFL? Are the chances of visa approval reduced that way?

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