June 9, 2018

Improved Processing of Student Applications from the Philippines

To support the growth in study permit applications, IRCC announced the Student Direct Stream (SDS), which is available to students applying for a study permit from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines. Students from those countries who demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada will benefit from faster processing times.
Students applying for SDS must first be accepted at a Canadian learning institution that is designated to host international students. In addition, they must satisfy key criteria, such as submitting proof upfront of:
  • tuition payment for the first year of study at a designated learning institution in Canada,
  • purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000,
  • completion of an upfront medical examination,
  • a qualifying score of at least 6 for English (IELTS), or Niveaux de comp├ętence linguistique canadiens score of 7 for French (TEF), or graduation from a Canadian-curriculum high school
When the Study Direct Stream was first launched in Manila last year, only students with Letter of Acceptance from a publicly funded institutions may be eligible. 

Just how fast is the processing time under the Student Direct Stream? IRCC's commitment is one month. But sometimes, they are really fast.

It only one week for the case of Mr. Robert Santos, who will be studying at Vancouver Community College. 

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