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Student Direct Stream

The student direct stream provides a fast track process for students from few Asian countries to quickly avail the study permit and study in Canada. Launched in June 2018, by the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship, Canada, the SDS applications are processed generally processed within 20
days provided the applicant meets all eligibility criteria and gives the bio-metrics as soon as possible.
Eligibility Criteria Given below are eligibility criteria for a student to qualify for the Student Direct Stream program:

a. He or She should be from any of the below given Asian countries:

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

b. The candidate must have a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution. The letter of acceptance should contain the student personal details, DLI details, DLI number, details of study program, etc.
c. The applicant must provide evidence that tuition pay for the first year of study is paid.
d. He or She should purchase a Guaranteed Investment Certificate of 10000 Canadian Dollars.

A GIC is a Canadian investment having guaranteed rate of return for a fixed amount of time. Given below are important criteria to obtain a GIC:

  • Applicant should obtain any of the following important documents from the bank:
  1. Attestation letter
  2. GIC certificate
  3. Investment Directions Confirmation or Investment Balance Confirmation
  4. The GIC should be held in an investment or student account which cannot be accessed until the applicant arrives in Canada.
  5. GIC funds are released only to individuals who have confirmed their identity.
  6. Funds are released by providing the following:
     Initial amount once individual is identified upon arrival in Canada.
     Remaining amount in monthly or bi-monthly installments over 10 to 12 months.
    List of financial institutions offering GICs is provided on the Canadian Deposit Insurance Company

e. Applicant should have passed the medical certificate exam before applying for the student direct

Following persons need to get a medical exam:

f. The applicant should have a police clearance certificate, as directed by the visa office.
g. Applicant must satisfy all or any of the following educational requirements:

  • A minimum of 6 in English language (IELTS).
  • Score of 7 in French language (Niveaux de competence linguistique canadiens)
  • Graduation from a Canadian curriculum high school.

Only way to apply for a study permit through the student direct stream is through online application.
However, the applicant should have necessary documents and other relevant things like the instruction guide, scanner or camera to create soft copies of the documents, and valid credit or debit card to make a payment.

The Express Entry is handled by the Canadian government. The office that oversees the Express Entry is the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Yes, CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) are the same. The CIC was renamed as IRCC in 2015.

The Canada express entry draw is the method of choosing applicants. In this process, the pool of candidates eligible for invitation to apply is selected based on the announced CRS score. It is done every two weeks, and the highest-scoring candidates are sent to the ITA. They can then apply for a Permanent Residence visa. Canada Express Entry helps immigrants gain permanent residency. You can choose from the various programs available.

The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Points grid is different from CRS. The immigrants filling under the FSWP must score at least 67 out of 100. Only if they score 67 points, are they eligible to apply for the FSWP. The points grid considers six factors. The factors are –

  • Visitor Visa
  • Work Permit
  • Express Entry
  • Business Investor Program
  • Study Visa
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • The Express Entry is an immigration system developed by the IRCC.
  • There are three immigration programs under Express Entry.
  • The IRCC handles the Express Entry.
  • There are several documents that you need to create a profile in Canada Express Entry.
  • A job offer is not needed to Express Entry.
  • Some job offers do not require the Labour Market Impact Assessment.
  • Proof of funds shows that you can live in Canada without any financial issues.
  • Work experience is necessary for Canada Express Entry.
  • The spouse of an applicant can also become a permanent resident in Canada.
  • Several factors determine the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
  • The FSW points grid is a system that scores applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • The necessity of the Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) express entry system depends on the program.

    The program which requires ECA is –

    • Federal Skilled Worker Program

    The programs which do not need ECA are –

    • Canadian Experience Class
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program