Canada includes Pakistani international students in its fast track visa program

Canada includes Pakistani international students in its fast track visa program

Pakistan was recently included in the SDS programme by the Canadian Immigration Department, according to a press release issued on July 26. The Canadian government had initiated the programme for students from India, China, Philippines and Vietnam last year.
The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is now available to study permit applicants who are living in Pakistan," the press release stated, adding that most SDS applications from countries already part of the programme were being processed in under three weeks

To get this faster processing, you must:
  • give your biometrics as soon as possible
  • meet all the eligibility requirements
  • Who can apply

    To be eligible for faster processing through the Student Direct Stream, you must:
    Be a legal resident living in:

    Depending on where you’re applying from, you may also need to provide other documents. Make sure you include all the documents required by the visa office that processes your application.
    Thet ask you to give additional documents to support your application. In this situation, your application will take longer to process.

    Who isn’t eligible for the Student Direct Stream

    If you live anywhere other than 1 of the countries listed above (even if you’re a citizen of one of the countries above), you must apply through the regular study permit application process.
    If you live in another country (even if you’re a citizen of one of the countries above), or if you don’t meet the eligibility for faster processing, you may still be eligible for a study permit through the regular study permit application process.

    Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)

    A GIC is a Canadian investment that has a guaranteed rate of return for a fixed period of time. Many banks offer GICs. The bank that gives you the GIC must:

    Banks that offer GICs

    You can get a GIC from a bank listed on the Canadian Deposit Insurance Company website. Make sure the bank you choose offers a GIC and meets the criteria for the Student Direct Stream.

    Medical exams and police certificates

    Depending on where you’re applying from, you may need to get a medical exam or police certificate. To get faster processing through the Student Direct Stream, you must include these with your application (if you need them). If you don’t, we won’t process your application faster.

    Who needs a medical exam

    Who needs a police certificate

    Your visa office instructions will tell you if you need to get a police certificate. You’ll find these instructions when you select your country of residence. Make sure you read these instructions before you apply, so you know if you need a police certificate or any other documents to apply.

    Apply through the Student Direct Stream

    You must apply online to get faster processing on your study permit. There's no paper application for the Student Direct Stream. Make sure you include all the documents required with your application.