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Pakistan Added to Canada Student Direct Stream

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Study Permits

Pakistan Added to Canada Student Direct Stream

Canada recognizes the tremendous economic, cultural and social benefits that international students bring to Canada. In 2018 IRCC introduced the Student Direct Stream to ensure that its service standards are faster, easier and more accessible for international students from certain countries who are applying for a Study Permit. On July 26, 2019, IRCC added Pakistan to China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines; Study Permit applicants from these countries who demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada can benefit from faster processing times of their applications under the SDS.

Most SDS applications are processed in under 3 weeks.

IRCC is expanding SDS to support the Government’s goal of attracting students from a more diverse range of countries. In announcing the addition of Pakistan to the countries whose applicants can benefit from expedited Study Permit process, IRCC said that in 2018 nearly 54,000 former students transitioned to permanent residence, an all-time high.

“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. By 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.”

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Canada is actively working to position itself as a top destination for students seeking a high-quality international education. To qualify for the Student Direct Stream, Study Permit applicants need to meet additional requirements, including language levels that are stricter than regular study permit requirements. The SDS complements Canada's Express Entry program for students who want to continue on the path to permanent residence and Canadian citizenship after completing their studies in Canada, as well as the Provincial Nominee Program or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

International students who graduate from a degree program in Canada may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.

If your application for a Study Permit in Canada is denied, it can be much harder to reapply in the future. You want to be sure your family who is accompanying you to study in Canada is approved to immigrate. We recommend you work with an experienced immigration lawyer or consultant so that your application is approved.

Contact Ackah Law today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 103 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly for assistance with applying for a Study Permit.

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