SDS (Student Direct Stream) Category
Students applying under SDS category must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Admission to a full-time program in a publicly-funded post-secondary institution such as universities, colleges, institutes or CEGEP
An IELTS score with a minimum band of 6 for each ability (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) taken within the past two years
Purchase of a special Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) (from Scotiabank) of CAD $10,000 to cover living expenses for the first year of stay in Canada
Proof of payment of the tuition fee for one (1) year
Upfront medical examination at least one week before submission of the application.
Advantages of Applying Under SDS Category
Less financial documentation in visa file
Faster visa processing time.
Citizens of India who wish to apply under SDS can choose any private, public college or university that has a DLI number. A Designated Learning Institution (DLI) is an institute approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students.
There are in total 1379 DLI institutes in Canada in different provinces and a detailed list can be seen at the immigration website.
To Apply for a study permit and then later for post study work permit a student will need to have a letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution (DLI).
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