What is the Student Direct Stream? – Canada Immigration News

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Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS) is a program designed to expedite applications for a study permit for international students from 14 countries. Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will aim to process applications of individuals applying through this program within 20 days. The eligible countries are:

Note, however, that citizens of any of the countries listed cannot be residents of another country at the time of their application through the SDS program. Citizens of the above countries who currently reside in another country will not be able to avail SDS program benefits when applying for their study permit. Additionally, incomplete applications will be refused per IRCC regulations.
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The process of availing a study permit through the SDS is similar to the process for applying for a non-SDS study permit. Candidates must:
In addition to these, there are additional documents that candidates will need to send with their application, including (but not limited to):
Successful applicants under the program will receive a Port of Entry letter of introduction, and a Canadian study permit (temporary resident visa) to enter and study in Canada. With a valid study permit, students enrolled full-time, in an eligible program (at least 6 months in duration and leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate) from a DLI can work in Canada.
Students are permitted to work on-campus, full-time throughout the year; or off-campus on a part-time basis during regular semesters, with the option of working full-time during scheduled breaks (i.e.: winter/summer holidays). If the program requires that students must work to complete their degree, students may also work in a co-op or internship placement. Note that to work students will need to obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN). The SIN number is a unique 9-digit number that the Canadian government uses to identify and categorize all residents—international students are eligible for a temporary SIN.
Canada has become a hotbed for international students in recent decades, with hundreds of thousands moving to study at Canadian institutions every year. Among other benefits, the quality of education, safety and stability of Canada, competitive rate of the Canadian dollar, and the multicultural society of the country have all proven key reasons for many students choosing to study, and even settle in Canada long-term.
Canadian students also have a number of immigration programs and pathways open to them after completing their studies and obtaining their Post Graduation Work Permit(PGWP), including Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Quebec-specific programs, and more.
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