Student Direct Stream

Canada provides expedited Study Permit processing for international students from key markets via the Student Direct Stream.

The SDS includes applicants from:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vietnam

How Do I Qualify for the Student Direct Stream?

The SDS is available to candidates living in one of the above countries wishing to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution.

Applicants must submit upfront proof of:

  • An acceptance from a post-secondary designated learning institution
  • Living outside of Canada when the application is made
  • Tuition payment for the first year of study, if the candidate is planning to study outside of Quebec
  • A Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) in the amount required for the candidate’s province or territory of study
  • An attestation of issuance of the candidate’s Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
    • This is only for those planning to study in Quebec
  • A medical exam before the candidate applies (if needed)
  • A police certificate before the candidate applies (if needed) 
  • The most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcripts
  • The minimum score required for one of the qualifying language tests 

Canada Covets International Students

Canada views international students as key new permanent residents, given their age, Canadian education, Canadian life experience and language ability.

Canada’s Express Entry system includes extra points for international graduates from Canadian universities.

What are the Extra CRS Points for Canadian Education?

Education Level Number of Points
High School 0
One or two-year post-secondary 15
Three-year post-secondary, master’s, professional degree or doctorate 30

How To Get a Post Graduation Work Permit

International graduates can also access the Post Graduation Work Permit, allowing them to work after graduation. The work experience gained can then be used to strengthen an application for permanent residence.