What is the latest data on the Student Direct Stream?
The latest SDS data has been released, indicating that encouraging trends have persisted into 2022 and 2023. As India has been responsible for over 96% of all SDS applications since 2019, a two-part series is being initiated to examine these trends, with the first part concentrating solely on India.
What are some key observations for Indian SDS applicants in recent years?
In 2022, the approval rate for Indian SDS applicants was 62%, compared to just 19% for non-SDS applicants. Four out of every five Indian students applied for a Canadian student visa through the SDS program last year. Since the pandemic’s onset, colleges have represented about three-quarters of all Indian SDS applicants.
What are the eligibility criteria for Indian students applying through the SDS program?
SDS eligibility criteria for Indian students include a letter of acceptance from a post-secondary designated learning institution, a valid language test result, a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of at least C$10,000, evidence of full tuition payment for the first year of study, recent educational transcripts, and completion of an upfront medical examination.
What advice does Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) Antonio Aragón have for students considering the SDS program?
Antonio Aragón advises students to do everything possible to meet the SDS’s eligibility requirements. This demonstrates to institutions that the student is at a lower risk of not completing their studies.
What impact does SDS have on approval rates by study level?
Colleges have represented about three out of every four SDS applications since the pandemic, which is also the case for non-SDS applicants. In 2023, Indian students applying to a Canadian college through SDS had a 76% approval rate, compared to 8% for regular stream applicants. While the advantage for SDS applicants to universities is slightly less, it is still significant.
What resources are available to help students meet the SDS requirements?
Recruitment advisors can help students meet their English proficiency requirement with discounted TOEFL and PTE exams. Partnerships with major banks, like the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), offer students an easy way to access the International Student GIC Program for the Proof of Financial Support requirement of the SDS program.
Am I assured a student visa if I choose to apply through SDS?
No, Visa is not assured for any visa category. The SDS Canada visa category provides a streamlined student visa application process and faster processing times but you must have to fulfil all the requirements for a student visa.
Please Share SDS Canada college list 2018
All DLI (designated learning institute) are eligible under SDS Canada Category.
What is a DLI (designated learning institute)? Can I have a list of DLIs?
A DLI is an institute approved by a state / provincial / territorial government to train and host international students. If you plan to apply for Student Visa under SDS, make sure your college is on this list: http://bit.ly/2HMgN42
Will I get Post-graduation work permit after Study from Any DLI on List?
Not all DLIs make you eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. The last column of DLI List is the “Offers PGWP-eligible programs”. If you want Post-graduation work permit after Study, Choose the institute with YES in “Offers PGWP-eligible programs” column. you need to meet all other criteria to get a post-graduation work permit.
Are all colleges covered under SDS Canada or only those under SPP? I am accepted by one of the Canadian colleges, do I qualify for SDS?
Under SDS, more colleges and Universities would be eligible. To verify if an institution is included, check the website at http://bit.ly/2HMgN42
I think I am eligible for the SDS program (Student Direct Stream), however, I am not sure. Can I still apply for my Student Visa?
YES. You can apply for your Student Visa under the SDS program. If however, Department find you are not eligible for the SDS program then they will process your application under the regular Student Visa requirements.
I have appeared for TOEFL / PTE Exam. Am I eligible to apply under SDS Category?
As per the requirements for the SDS program, TOEFL/PTE scores are not accepted as an eligibility criterion.
Under the SDS Category, What is the processing time for student visa applications?
For SDS Student visa applications, the processing time will be 45 days or less. Processing time of Regular student visa application is 60 days.
I want to apply for a Canadian Student visa, but I want to Pay semester wise Fees to the University. Is it Possible ?
Under SDS, one of the requirement is paying one year fees upfront. However, you can apply through the regular Student Visa application by paying less than 1-year fees.
What is the Deadline for student visa applications under the SDS ?
We strongly advise that you submit your student visa application at least 3 months ahead of your intended date of travel to Canada. Student visa Applications under SDS received after 1 April for May entry, after 1 August for September entry, and after 1 December for January entry may not be processed in time for the start of the course and may be refused.
Can I still apply for a Student Visa even though I do not qualify to apply under the SDS?
Yes. You can still apply for a Student Visa and will it be processed within the current 60 day service standard.
Can I apply online for the SDS program?
YES. Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to apply for your Student Visa application online to benefit from simpler and efficient processing and communication.
You can apply for your Student Visa here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application.html
Please explain GUARANTEED INVESTMENT CERTIFICATE (GIC)
According to IRCC guidelines, you will require approximately $10,000 CAD per year to cover your living expenses (Excluding tuition fees). This requirement can be met through the purchase of a participating GIC, and submitting proof of payment. Right now Scotiabank, ICICI Bank Canada, and SBI Canada Bank are the accepted Canadian financial institutions. Please visit their websites to learn more about their services for GIC:
ICICI Bank Canada: http://www.icicibank.ca/personal/newcomers/overview.page
SBI Canada Bank: https://studentgic.sbicanada.com/
IRCC = Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada
What happens to my GIC AND Paid Tuition fees, if my Student Visa application is refused?
You will be able to apply directly to the respective bank that issued your Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) for a full refund. You should contact your university / college for a refund of your tuition fees.
Go through below website links for more information on the same: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/student-direct-stream.html and https://www.facebook.com/notes/canada-in-india-high-commission-of-canada/visa-friday-qa-student-direct-stream-sds/1948332671886024/