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Francophone students from Morocco and Senegal can now take advantage of Canada’s Student Direct Stream Program (SDS). The goal of this expansion is to encourage French speakers to immigrate to Canada, and thus boost Canada’s Francophone population. The Student Direct Stream allows for expedited processing of study permits for applicants who wish to study in a designated Canadian post-secondary learning institution.

The Student Direct Stream Program was introduced in 2018 as part of Canada’s International Education Strategy (2019-2024), which was developed with Canada’s goal of being a long-term competitor in international education. Bringing students from abroad to Canada and sending Canadian students abroad, contributed to Canada’s economic success through immigration, cultural exposure, and Canadian ambassadors.

Canada’s world class education and desirable living conditions have increasingly attracted international students in recent years. Canadian Universities have consistently ranked among the best in the world and Canadian cities consistently land in the top ten best places to live globally. In 2018, Canada experienced an all-time high where nearly 54,000 former students transitioned to permanent residency. The generally positive view of immigration by the public and the pro-immigration policies of the Canadian government also make Canada a welcoming home for new immigrants.

With the addition of Morocco and Senegal, SDS is now available to legal residents of the following countries:

  • China
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Vietnam

Student applicants from these seven countries must also meet the following admissibility and eligibility requirements to gain entry into Canada:

  • Proof of valid language test result (must be completed within 2 years of when the SDS application is received)
  • Proof of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate of CAN$10,000 or more
  • Proof of full payment of tuition for the applicant’s first year of study
  • A letter of acceptance from a post-secondary designated learning institute
  • Most recent secondary or post-secondary educational transcripts
  • Proof of completion of upfront medical examination

In addition to these documents, applicants must include applicable applications, licenses, forms, certificates, fees, proofs of identity, and any other specified documents by the applicant’s regional visa office. These pre-assessment documents serve as indicators of eligible candidates for future permanent residency in Canada.

Once these student applicants have met all necessary eligibility criteria, they must submit their applications and supporting documents electronically, to take advantage of the SDS process. The expedited SDS program will process most applications within 20 calendar days. Any paper applications submitted will be directed to the normal study permit application stream, thus forcing the application into the regular processing times, which vary by country.

Family members of SDS applicants

The family members of primary SDS applicants may apply for an Open Work Permit or Study Permit at the same time as their student family member and will be eligible for concurrent processing.

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