The first steps before Canadian study permit
Many of us had a Canada visa and study in Canada in mind one time or the other. With changes in the study permit rules, it could be hard to keep up with sometimes. While planning for a Canadian study permit, the very first thing that comes in mind is proving English proficiency. Different countries have different requirements and accept different language proficiency exams, such as IELTS, TOFEL, PTE, etc. Nationals of some countries may not need to go through a language proficiency exam.
What language exam I should choose?
The choice of the language exam is completely yours. However, there are some advantages to choosing the IELTS exam over the other. IELTS is more widely accepted in Canada than the others. Most importantly, IELTS is the only language exam considered for the SDS program.
What is the SDS program?
SDS program offers faster processing time for the study permit applications. This is the preferred choice for students who want to study in Canada. The target processing time is 20 business days; however, some applications may take longer. The SDS program is open to the legal residents of the following countries:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
How can I qualify for the SDS program?
- To qualify for the SDS program you MUST satisfy the following requirements.
- Must be a legal resident of the above-listed counties.
- Need a letter of acceptance from a Canadian post-secondary DLI.
- prove that you’ve paid the tuition fees for your first year of study.
- Live outside of Canada when you apply.
- Have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000.
- Quebec’s requirements are slightly different.
- Need upfront medical exam.
- Require all post-secondary transcripts.
- Must have a minimum of 6.0 in each of the IELTS language ability or a minimum of 7 in each TEF ability.
- You may need additional documents.
I have 5.5 in one IELTS module, can I still qualify for the SDS program?
No, a minimum score of 6.0 each is a mandatory criterion under the SDS program.
I have previous refusals, can I still qualify for the SDS program?
Yes, as long as you satisfy the SDS program requirements. Previous refusals will not make you ineligible for the study permit applications under the SDS program.
What if I don’t satisfy the requirements of the SDS program?
If you have 5.5 in one module of IELTS or don’t meet any of the other requirements of the SDS program. You may still apply for study in Canada under regular process. However, you will need more paperwork and will not be eligible for faster processing.
How can I get accepted in a Canadian post-secondary DLI?
We got your back! We are authorized representatives as per Canadian immigration law. You can simply provide us the required documents and we will be able to assess you for study in Canada. We will then provide you with some program and DLI suggestions that you could consider when applying. It may be a bit faster to get a letter of admission in a private DLI, one the other hand, a public DLI may take a few weeks to process.