The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is a new federal program that allows international students to gain permanent residence in Canada faster than ever before. The program has been in effect since July 1, 2018 and the first applications under the SDS were accepted starting mid-September. There are certain eligibility criteria for this stream, which include language proficiency and education, as well as funds available for your education. The requirements are more stringent than those of the other streams but still allow you to apply with relative ease, especially if you have been studying abroad or have family in Canada who can help get things started on your behalf.

Eligible Countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda;
  • Brazil;
  • China;
  • Colombia;
  • Costa Rica;
  • India;
  • Morrocco;
  • Pakistan;
  • Peru;
  • Philippines;
  • Senegal;
  • Trinidad and Tobago;
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and
  • Vietnam.

Students from select countries now have an expedited method for gaining study permits and visas

In order for students from select countries to apply for a study permit or visa, they can now do so online. This means that you’ll be able to apply from the comfort of your own home and make sure that you receive all of your documents on time.

Students must be able to prove funds, language proficiency, and education.

To be considered for the Student Direct Stream, you must have proof of funds to support yourself and your family while studying in Canada. You also need to prove that you have language proficiency (for example, in French or English). Finally, you’ll need to provide evidence that shows your education has been completed successfully by a recognized institution.

Canada is the third most popular country in the world to pursue international study.

Canada is a popular study destination for international students. The country has the third most international students in the world, with more than 488,000 studying here at some point during their time abroad. Canada’s education system is highly regarded and offers many opportunities for international students to work and live after graduation.


The Student Direct Stream gives a great opportunity for international students to come to Canada and study at our universities and colleges. If you are interested in moving here for school, make sure that you have all your paperwork in order before applying because it will be difficult to get approved if your application is incomplete.

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