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Canada Expands its SDS System

Canada Immigration launched its Student Direct Stream (SDS) system in 2018. The purpose was to enable faster processing for students looking to do degrees and diplomas in Canada. Through the SDS, an applicant provides additional information up front, allowing officers to make a thorough assessment and final decision quickly.

The basics of the system are as follows:

Applicants who use the SDS provide results of English or French language tests, and proof that they have access to a student Guaranteed Investment Certificate with a minimum of $10,000 in it as additional evidence that they will be able to financially sustain themselves in Canada during their studies. They must also have completed an immigration medical exam and provided their biometrics before applying.

Until this week, the system was only available for China, India, the Philippines, Viet Nam, Pakistan, Morocco and Senegal. On July 9, 2021 Canada announced the extension of the SDS to the following countries: Brazil, Peru, Colombia (three of the most populated in South America) and Costa Rica (Central America), and the following Caribbean island nations: Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago

The announcement was accompanied by this statement from The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Our country’s diverse and inclusive 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 global pandemic has caused disruptions and distress for everyone, including international students. By expanding the Student Direct Stream to a more diverse range of prospective students, we have great optimism that international education will recover, and indeed flourish, as Canada emerges from the pandemic.”

For students in these SDS countries: Brazil, Pakistan, India, Viet Nam and China check out our nearest office at

For students in all other countries, the CUAC has partnered with one of Canada's major banks. We can now arrange for sponsors to put down the Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) which is used with this bank in the SDS process itself. It is safe, secure, bears interest and follows the same principles as in the SDS system. We are able to offer the GIC option in 77 countries. This can be very helpful to study permit applications since the model for this is established by the SDS. For any questions about how we can assist, email:



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