A huge difference was revealed in the approval ratings for Canadian Study Permit applications made through the Student Direct Stream (SDS) compared to non-SDS applications. The statistics reveal how effective and efficient the SDS program has been in offering an expedited pathway to Study Permits.
What Is the Student Direct Stream (SDS) Program?
The Student Direct Stream (SDS) program offers an expedited pathway to obtaining a Canadian Study Permit. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processes SDS applications within 20 days, given the application is complete and all eligibility requirements have been met.
The SDS program is only available to international students residing in certain countries, including, Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam.
How Is the Student Direct Stream (SDS) Program Performing?
The statistics showed that almost 8 out of 10 Indian students were successful in obtaining a Study Permit via the SDS program. However, the approval rating for non-SDS applications from Indian students is just 4 out of 10. Till May 2021, the IRCC received over 13,800 applications for non-SDS Study Permit while only 1,300 applications for SDS Study Permit from Chinese students. Out of this, the IRCC approved 12,395 (almost 89%) non-SDS applications and 1,134 (almost 88%).
This shows that Chinese students are more likely to apply for non-SDS Study Permits. In the first 6 months of 2018, the IRCC approved 4,769 SDS Study Permit applications from Chinese students. However, since then, the number of non-SDS Study Permit applications has remained consistently higher. Also, it is an indicator of how the SDS program is not always the faster, easier, and more accessible option in certain areas.
Recently, the IRCC added 7 more countries to the list of countries eligible for the SDS program, including:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago