Canada Adds Morocco and Senegal to Student Direct Stream
Canada’s Student Direct Stream (SDS) service has arguably lived up to its billing as a “policy masterstroke”. This past July, the Government of Canada expanded SDS to Pakistan but has now added two more countries to its online visa processing system.
Students from Morocco and Senegal are now able to access SDS, which allows eligible students to have their study permit applications processed in as little as 20 days. Pakistan, as well as India, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines are also on the list of countries eligible for SDS.
Adding Morocco and Senegal aligns with Canada’s recently announced International Education Strategy for 2020-24. Canada aims to diversify international student populations at its colleges and universities by recruiting from source markets outside of China and India. As countries with large French-speaking populations, Morocco and Senegal also fit into the Canadian government’s Francophone Immigration Strategy, which is designed to recruit more French speakers to study in Canada.
SDS Targets Talented Students
Launched in 2018, Student Direct Stream allows students from eligible countries to get their study permit faster if they meet certain requirements. These requirements include:
- Higher-than-average English language skills (an IELTS score of at least 6)
- Financial Security – Students must take out a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000 and show proof of tuition payment for their first year of studies
The aim of SDS is to make it easier for talented international students to come to Canada and study. Most of these students are eligible for work permits after they graduate and are viewed as strong potential contributors to Canada’s workforce.
“Canada’s diverse, welcoming society, high-quality educational institutions and opportunities to work or immigrate after graduation have made Canada a leading destination of choice for students from around the world,” the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said in a statement. “In expanding the Student Direct Stream to a more diverse range of prospective students, we’re enhancing the tremendous cultural, social and economic benefits that international students provide.”
For more information on Student Direct Stream, visit the Government of Canada’s application guide.
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