What about the students who have already applied for student visa under SPP program ? Will they be considered under SPP OR SDS ?
Don’t worry, If you have already submitted your application under SPP program. In such cases, this new SDS program will not affect in any way. IRCC will continue processing your application as they committed to do under the previous SPP program.
Am I assured a student visa if I choose to apply through SDS?
No, Visa is not assured for any visa category. The SDS visa category provides a streamlined student visa application process and faster processing times but you must have to fulfil all the requirements for a student visa.
What is a DLI (designated learning institute) ? Can I have list of DLIs ?
A DLI is a institute approved by a state / provincial / territorial government to train and host international students. If you plan to apply for Student Visa under SDS, make sure your college is on this list: http://bit.ly/2HMgN42
Will I get Post-graduation work permit after Study from Any DLI on List ?
Not all DLIs make you eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. Last column of DLI List is the “Offers PGWP-eligible programs”. If you want Post-graduation work permit after Study, Choose the institute with YES in “Offers PGWP-eligible programs” column. you need to meet all other criteria to get a post-graduation work permit.
Are all colleges covered under SDS, or only those under SPP? I am accepted by one of the canadian college, do I qualify for SDS ?
Under SDS, more colleges and Universities would be eligible. To verify if institution is included, check website at: http://bit.ly/2HMgN42
I think I am eligible for the SDS program (Student Direct Stream), however I am not sure. Can I still apply for my Student Visa?
YES. You can apply for your Student Visa under the SDS program. If however, Department find you are not eligible for the SDS program then they will process your application under the regular Student Visa requirements.
I have appeared for TOEFL / PTE Exam. Am I eligible to apply under SDS Category ?
As per the requirements for the SDS program, TOEFL/PTE scores are not accepted as an eligibility criteria.
Under the SDS Category, What is the processing time for student visa applications ?
For SDS Student visa applications, the processing time will be 45 days or less. Processing time of Regular student visa application is 60 days.
I want to apply for Canadian Student visa, but I want to Pay semester wise Fees to the University. Is it Possible ?
Under SDS, one of the requirement is paying one year fees upfront. However you can apply through regular Student Visa application.
What is the Deadline for student visa applications under the SDS ?
We strongly advise that you submit your student visa application at least 3 months ahead of your intended date of travel to Canada. Student visa Applications under SDS received after 1 April for May entry, after 1 August for September entry, and after 1 December for January entry may not be processed in time for the start of the course and may be refused.
Can I still apply for a Student Visa even though I do not qualify to apply under the SDS?
Yes. You can still apply for a Student Visa and will it be processed within the current 60 day service standard.
Can I apply online for the SDS program?
YES. Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to apply for your Student Visa application online to benefit from simpler and efficient processing and communication.
You can apply for your Student Visa here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application.html
Please explain GUARANTEED INVESTMENT CERTIFICATE (GIC)
According to IRCC guidelines, you will require approximately $10,000 CAD per year to cover your living expenses (Excluding tuition fees). This requirement can be met through the purchase of a participating GIC, and submitting proof of payment. Right now Scotiabank, ICICI Bank Canada, and SBI Canada Bank are the accepted Canadian financial institutions. Please visit their websites to learn more about their services for GIC:
ICICI Bank Canada: http://www.icicibank.ca/personal/newcomers/overview.page
SBI Canada Bank: https://studentgic.sbicanada.com/
IRCC = Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada
What happens to my GIC AND Paid Tuition fees, if my Student Visa application is refused?
You will be able to apply directly to the respective bank that issued your Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) for a full refund. You should contact your university / college for refund of your tuition fees.
Go through below website links for more information on the same: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/study-permit/student-direct-stream.html and https://www.facebook.com/notes/canada-in-india-high-commission-of-canada/visa-friday-qa-student-direct-stream-sds/1948332671886024/