Student Direct Stream

SDS stands for Student Direct Stream. It is a study permit processing program for students who are applying to post-secondary institutions. The main purpose of introducing this category was to speed up the application process of students who meet certain criteria.

Residents of which country can apply in the Student Direct Stream (SDS) category?


Student Direct Stream

The eligibility criteria for the Student Direct Stream (SDS) category is stated below

       Eligibility criteria:-

  1. English proficiency test results: The student must have completed IELTS within 2 years of applying to the college. The student needs to score 6 bands or above in each module of the exam.
  2. Proof of GIC-Guaranteed Investment Certificate: –The student must have paid GIC fees of at least CAN $10000 or more In any band registered on the IRCC webpage.
  3. Proof of payment of the tuition fee for the first year- the student must have a receipt issued by the DLI which is a confirmation of the payment of the first-year fee.
  1. Letter of acceptance (LOA) from the DLI
  1. Proof of academic transcripts
  1. Proof of medical examination from a physician who is panelized by the Canadian government.

    Additional documents required:-

  1. Application form of the study permit
  2. Information of the family
  3. Proof of identity
  4. Application and biometric fee

    Facts about SDS category applications-

  1. The application proceeds within 20 calendar days if the eligibility criterion is met.
  2. Only electronic applications are eligible for SDS.

List of Student Direct Stream (SDS) Colleges In CANADA

  1. Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning- Oakville – Ontario
  2. Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology- Toronto – Ontario
  3. Sault College- Sault St. Marie, Ontario
  4. Northern College- South Porcupine – Ontario
  5. Niagara College-  Welland – Ontario
  6. Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology-  Hamilton – Ontario
  7. Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology-  Belleville – Ontario
  8. Lawrence College- Kingston – Ontario
  9. Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology-  Sarnia – Ontario
  10. Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning-  Toronto – Ontario
  11. Georgian College of Arts & Technology-  BARRIE – Ontario
  12. George Brown College-  Toronto – Ontario
  13. Fleming College- Peterborough, Ontario
  14. Fanshawe College of Applied Arts & Technology-  London – Ontario
  15. Durham College-  Oshawa – Ontario
  16. Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology-  Thunderbay – Ontario
  17. Conestoga College- Kitchener –   Ontario
  18. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology- Windsor – Ontario
  19. Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology-Toronto Ontario
  20. Canadore College -North Bay, Ontario
  21. Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology- Sudbury – Ontario
  22. Algonquin College-     Ottawa – Ontario
  23. Camosun College-Victoria- B.C
  24. College of New Caledonia- Prince George – B.C
  25. College of the Rockies- Cranbrook, B.C
  26. Columbia International College- Vancouver – B.C
  27. Douglas College-  New Westminster – B.C
  28. Kwantlen Polytechnic University- Surrey – B.C
  29. Langara College- Vancouver- B.C
  30. North Island College- Vancouver Island – B.C
  31. Northern Lights College – Dawson Creek – B.C
  32. Okanagan College- Salmon Arm – B.C
  33. Selkirk College- Castlegar – B.C
  34. University of  the Fraser Valley – Abbotsford – B.C
  35. Vancouver Community College-Vancouver- B.C
  36. Vancouver Island University – Nanaimo – B.C
  37. Bow Valley College-Calgary – Alberta
  38. Lakeland College-  Vermilion – Alberta
  39. Medicine Hat College- Alberta
  40. Norquest College- Edmonton – Alberta
  41. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology- Edmonton, Alberta
  42. Assiniboine Community College- Manitoba
  43. Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology- Winnipeg – Manitoba
  44. Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology- Winnipeg – Manitoba
  45. Parkland College-SASKATCHEWAN
  46. Saskatchewan Polytechnic- SASKATOON
  47. Lasalle College- QUEBEC


The General or non-SDS category is similar to SDS. But if you don’t meet the eligibility criteria in English proficiency or academic scores, your file is processed under the non-SDS category.

In the following conditions, your application is processed in the non-SDS category-

  • If you score 5.5 in any module in the IELTS exam.
  • If your percentage is 50%.

In the non-SDS category, you need to show proof of funds to support your education and expenses in Canada in order to study in Canada.

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