While easier immigration processes and more affordable study and living options are a great draw, Canada has been drowning in visa applications.
This has been a big worry for students in particular. The current wait time for a study permit for those applying from outside Canada can easily go up to 12 weeks.
But what if we told you that there was a way to cut that time to almost one-third the wait?
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Most SDS applications are processed within 20 calendar days. However, some applications may take longer.
To get faster processing, you must
- give your biometrics as soon as possible
- meet all the eligibility requirements
To be eligible for faster processing through the Student Direct Stream, you must have an acceptance letter from a post-secondary designated learning institution and live outside of Canada when you apply.
Other documents you need to provide
- proof you have paid your tuition for your first year of study
- a Guaranteed Investment Certificate () of CAN$10,000
- a Québec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (only if you’re planning to study in Quebec)
- medical exam before you apply (if you need one)
- police certificate before you apply (if you need one)
- your most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcript(s)
You must apply online to get faster processing for your study permit. There’s no paper application for the Student Direct Stream. Make sure you include all the required documents with your application.
Once you pay your fees (including your biometrics fee) and submit your application, you will be sent a letter that says you need to give your biometrics (if you need to).
You need to bring this letter when you give your biometrics. You also need to bring your valid passport. You have up to 30 days to give your biometrics in person.
Once your biometrics are submitted, the 20-day timeline begins.