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?
The eligibility criteria for the Student Direct Stream (SDS) category is stated below
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Letter of acceptance (LOA) from the DLI
- Proof of academic transcripts
- Proof of medical examination from a physician who is panelized by the Canadian government.
Additional documents required:-
- Application form of the study permit
- Information of the family
- Proof of identity
- Application and biometric fee
Facts about SDS category applications-
- The application proceeds within 20 calendar days if the eligibility criterion is met.
- Only electronic applications are eligible for SDS.
List of Student Direct Stream (SDS) Colleges In CANADA
- Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning- Oakville – Ontario
- Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology- Toronto – Ontario
- Sault College- Sault St. Marie, Ontario
- Northern College- South Porcupine – Ontario
- Niagara College- Welland – Ontario
- Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology- Hamilton – Ontario
- Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology- Belleville – Ontario
- Lawrence College- Kingston – Ontario
- Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology- Sarnia – Ontario
- Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning- Toronto – Ontario
- Georgian College of Arts & Technology- BARRIE – Ontario
- George Brown College- Toronto – Ontario
- Fleming College- Peterborough, Ontario
- Fanshawe College of Applied Arts & Technology- London – Ontario
- Durham College- Oshawa – Ontario
- Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology- Thunderbay – Ontario
- Conestoga College- Kitchener – Ontario
- Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology- Windsor – Ontario
- Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology-Toronto Ontario
- Canadore College -North Bay, Ontario
- Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology- Sudbury – Ontario
- Algonquin College- Ottawa – Ontario
- Camosun College-Victoria- B.C
- College of New Caledonia- Prince George – B.C
- College of the Rockies- Cranbrook, B.C
- Columbia International College- Vancouver – B.C
- Douglas College- New Westminster – B.C
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University- Surrey – B.C
- Langara College- Vancouver- B.C
- North Island College- Vancouver Island – B.C
- Northern Lights College – Dawson Creek – B.C
- Okanagan College- Salmon Arm – B.C
- Selkirk College- Castlegar – B.C
- University of the Fraser Valley – Abbotsford – B.C
- Vancouver Community College-Vancouver- B.C
- Vancouver Island University – Nanaimo – B.C
- Bow Valley College-Calgary – Alberta
- Lakeland College- Vermilion – Alberta
- Medicine Hat College- Alberta
- Norquest College- Edmonton – Alberta
- Northern Alberta Institute of Technology- Edmonton, Alberta
- Assiniboine Community College- Manitoba
- Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology- Winnipeg – Manitoba
- Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology- Winnipeg – Manitoba
- Parkland College-SASKATCHEWAN
- Saskatchewan Polytechnic- SASKATOON
- 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.