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Student Direct Stream (SDS): How and Who Can Apply

By Sierra September 4, 2020 (Updated June 7, 2023) 2 min. read
Student direct stream

June 2023 Update: Beginning August 10, 2023, IRCC will accept 4 new English language tests for the Student Direct Stream.

Are you thinking about studying in Canada? You may be able to get your student permit quicker through the Student Direct Stream (SDS)! Designed by the IRCC in 2018, the Student Direct Stream was created as an expedited study permit application for international students who are interested in studying in Canada for higher education. Because of a high influx of student permit applications, this stream is specifically for applicants looking for a faster, more efficient processing time which on average is 20 calendar days. This steam is available to select countries and gives you options to bring your family along. Here is what you need to know about applying for the Student Direct Stream!

Who Can Apply for SDS?

There are a number of countries that qualify for the Student Direct Stream, these countries include:

Other requirements consist of:

Bringing Your Spouse, Partner, or Dependents

Your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children may also be able to get faster processing on a

You must complete and submit their applications at the same time as your SDS application. If you don’t, the USCIS will not process their applications faster. When you apply online, indicate that you have family members coming with you to Canada.

Interested in Student Direct Stream?

If you find yourself interested in the Student Direct Stream, contact VisaPlace today. All of our cases are handled by competent and experienced immigration professionals who are affiliated with VisaPlace. These professionals consist of lawyers, licensed paralegals, and consultants who work for Niren and Associates an award-winning immigration firm that adheres to the highest standards of client service.

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