Canadian study permit: you can reduce the waiting time for your Canadian student permit by 9 weeks

It is no secret that Canada is now becoming as popular as the United States and the United Kingdom for Indian students to pursue their studies abroad.

Although easier immigration processes and more affordable study and living options are a big draw, Canada is drowning in visa applications.

This has been a big concern for students in particular. The current wait time for a study permit for those applying from outside of Canada can easily be up to 12 weeks.

But what if we told you that there is a way to reduce that time to almost a third of the wait?

Indian students can get their study permit much faster through the Student Direct Stream (SDS).

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Most SDS requests are processed within 20 calendar days. However, some applications may take longer.

To get faster processing, you should

  • give your biometric data as soon as possible
  • meet all eligibility requirements

To be eligible for faster processing through the Student Direct Stream, you must have a letter of acceptance from a designated post-secondary institution and live outside of Canada at the time of your application.

Other documents to provide

  • proof that you have paid your tuition fees for your first year of study
  • a guaranteed investment certificate () of CAN$10,000
  • a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) from the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (only if you plan to study in Quebec)
  • medical examination before applying (if you need it)
  • police certificate before submitting your application (if you need it)
  • your most recent high school or post-secondary transcripts

To apply

You should apply online for faster processing of your study permit. There is no paper application for the Student Direct Stream. Be sure to include all required documents with your application.

Once you have paid your fees (including your biometrics fees) and submitted your application, you will receive a letter indicating that you must provide your biometrics (if you need it).

You must bring this letter when giving your biometrics. You must also bring your valid passport. You have up to 30 days to give your biometrics in person.

Once your biometric data has been submitted, the 20-day period begins.

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