IRCC has announced that the processing time for applications in Student Direct Stream to get the study permit will be only 20 calendar days.
It will benefit the nationals of India, China, Vietnam and Philippines who submit them electronically. In its update on May 2, IRCC states that this reduced processing standard will be only applicable when the applicants submit an electronic application, added with biometrics details and necessary documentation completely. The processing of paper applications will continue under Student Direct Stream until May 15, 2019.
The SDS program expedites the processing of study permit and is available to legal residents residing in the above four countries who intend to study in Canada and pursue post-secondary at a Designated Learning Institution in Canada. They also have to meet the requirements and provide truthful documentation. Moreover, the eligibility norms for this Stream require the individuals to obtain a letter of acceptance first from the DLI.
These Applicants also must provide evidence of paying tuition for the initial study year at a DLI in Canada. The second norm is purchasing the Guaranteed Investment Certificate worth $10,000, followed by completing the medical examination. Furthermore, they have to score 6 or above in language skills in the IELTS for English. The students have to score equivalent to CLB 7 for French in the TEF score.
This measure forms a part of the initiative by the government for improving the processing of applications involving the study permits. Finally, this will help to attract many international students to Canada for studying.