Canada’s Student Direct Stream(SDS) Expands Language Test Options for Applicants

What is SDS?

The “Student Direct Stream” (SDS) is a Canadian immigration program designed to expedite the study permit application process for certain international students. It aims to provide faster processing times for students from specific countries who demonstrate strong language skills and financial stability.

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To be eligible for the Student Direct Stream, applicants generally need to meet certain criteria, including:

  • Citizenship:

    Applicants must be citizens of certain countries, including India, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

  • Language Proficiency:

    Applicants must demonstrate their language proficiency by taking an approved language test, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF).

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  • Proof of Funds:

    Applicants need to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover their tuition fees, living expenses, and return transportation.

  • Acceptance Letter:

    Applicants must have an acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada.

  • Medical Exam and Police Clearance:

    Depending on the situation, applicants may need to undergo a medical exam and provide a police clearance certificate.

It’s important to note that immigration programs and policies can change over time, and new developments might have occurred since my last update. Therefore, I recommend visiting the official website of the Government of Canada’s immigration department or contacting a qualified immigration professional for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the Student Direct Stream program.

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To be qualified for the SDS, all test results must demonstrate a well-rounded command of one of Canada’s official languages (English or French), including competence in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Students taking the English exam must acquire a total score of at least:

  • 7 for CELPIP General Tests
  • 6 for IELTS
  • 60 for CAEL tests
  • 60 for Pearson Academic tests
  • 83 for TOEFL iBT tests.

Importantly, these assessments must be performed in person; online or remotely proctored tests will not be considered for SDS candidates.

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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is implementing four newly authorized English language examinations for Student Direct Stream (SDS) applicants as of today, August 10, 2023.

The updated list of acceptable language exams includes the following:

  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General;
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL); and
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based test (TOEFL iBT).

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