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Canada Expands Student Direct Stream To Include Applicants From Two African Countries

Canada is expanding the Student Direct Stream (SDS) to speed up Study Permit and visa processing to include African students from Morocco and Senegal.

Study Permit students from these two new countries will enjoy access to SDS, which have an average processing time of less than three (3) weeks, from September 9, 2019.

Morocco and Senegal are the first African countries to be added under SDS. The other five countries included are all in Asia: India, Vietnam, China, the Philippines and Pakistan.

To be eligible for the SDS, students must be living outside Canada at the time of application, pay their first year of tuition fee at a designated post secondary institution up front, medical examination/expenses of at least $10,000 up-front medical and police certificate (if requested), and meet language requirements.

Ahmed Hussen, the immigration minister said: “Canada’s diverse, welcoming society, high-quality educational institutions and opportunities to work or immigrate after graduation have made Canada a top destination of choice for international students from around the world.

“In expanding the Student Direct Stream to a more diverse range of prospective students, we’re improving the tremendous cultural, social and economic benefits that international students offers.”

By opening the SDS to Morocco and Senegal, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is hoping to bring more Frencophone students to study in Canada and stay after graduation.

It also supports Canada’s targets of drawing international students from a more wide range of countries, announced in the of August.

Of the 572,415 Canada Study Permit holders at the end of 2018, Fifty-five (55) per cent (or 315,610) came from China or India.

Now the federal government will look to drawing more from other countries, by spending about $30 million each year on a new recruitment effort.

Eligibility Criteria for the Student Direct Stream?

The SDS is available to students living in India, China, Pakistan, Philippines or the Vietnam looking to study in Canada at a post-secondary higher learning institution.

Applicants must submit upfront proof of the following, which includes:

  • Full tuition payment for the first year of study at a government approved institution.
  • A Guaranteed Investment Certificate purchase of $10,000,
  • Completion of an upfront medical examination and police check
  • Qualifying score of at least Six (6) for English (IELTS), or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens score of Seven (7) for French (TEF), or graduation from a Canadian-curriculum high school or equivalent.

Applicants from Senegal and Morocco to get faster and more efficient process for study permits

As earlier stated, Canada is making the Student Direct Stream (SDS) open to some African students coming from Senegal and Morocco, starting September 9, 2019.

By providing speedy and reliable  processing of study permit applications, Canada is better ready to compete in drawing the best and the brightest from around the world.

The more efficient SDS process was established in 2018 for students applying from India, China, the Philippines and Vietnam, with a processing time of less than three (3) weeks.

As highlighted in an OECD report released earlier this month, Canada is a major destination for students looking for both a high-quality international education and jobs in their field of study once they finish their studies. With skilled work experience in Canada and Canadian education credentials, graduates are well positioned for success in applying for permanent residence through Express Entry.

Additionally, since 2017, Express Entry candidates with good French skills have been able to earn extra ranking points. This provides more great opportunity for them to easily transition to permanent residence and contribute to the vitality and growth of French communities outside of Quebec.

Expanding this quicker and more reliable application process to prospective international students from Morocco and Senegal supports the Government’s Francophone Immigration plan to encourage more young French speakers to opt for study in Canada.