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CANADA Study Visa for Indian Students: Changes in Rules from SPP to SDS

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Very recently*, Canada Immigration has launched a new student visa program for international students from India, replacing the old system of SPP (Student Partnership Program). The new Visa system is named SDS (Study Direct Stream). Before India, SDS was also applied in China, Vietnam & the Philippines. SDS aims to boost up the study visa processing; students will get more colleges & courses.

..more choices of colleges

In contrast to the old SPP system, the new SDS has more choices of colleges. Now any college having a DLI Number can enrol Indian students under the SDS system. Earlier, students were having a limited list of 47 SPP colleges, so under the new system, students will choose colleges & courses from better options. This will make the study visa process more fast & effective.

IELTS requirement is changed under SDS

IELTS requirement is changed under SDS

..changes in english requirement

The most important change under the new SDS system is about the level of English. Earlier in SPP, students were required to have 6 bands in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with no bands less than 5.5, whereas under SDS, now students need 6 bands in each module. This will certainly affect the number of Indian students applying for study visas for Canada.

..one year tuition fee

Another change is regarding tuition fees. Now student applying for study visa under SDS has to pay one-year full tuition fee. In contrast, in the earlier system, he had the option of paying a one-semester fee before applying for a study permit.

..for one year living cost, GIC is there

The Canadian government needs an assurance that when you land in Canada, you must have sufficient funds for your one-year living; for this purpose, they have introduced a system called GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate). The amount for one year living for international students is fixed as 10000 CAD$. While submitting applications for study permits, students need to submit a GIC certificate. GIC was introduced even at the time of the old system of SPP; it is again accepted in the SDS system. GIC or Guaranteed Investment Certificate is a short-term liquid investment for a period of one year offered by Canadian banks with a guaranteed rate of return.

..planning to study in canada

If you are planning to study in Canada, you must know about various factors that are really very important for your future career. The educational institutes in Canada offer multiple courses such as Certificates, Diploma, Bachelor Degree`s, Post Graduate Diploma & Masters Degree. So, before moving any further, let’s discuss the important checklists and requirements for a study visa in Canada. As a student you have to do complete research about the college you are going to join and also course you are planning to pursue in Canada, what career you are thinking after completion of course, whether you are thinking to come back to India after study or you are going to explore further international career options in Canada or anywhere else, all such things are going to affect your future planning of going abroad for further studies.

..few steps while applying study visa

As discussed above, the first step is a complete planning and proper research about the college/ course you are going to study. When you feel decided about college & course, the next step is to check the college's admission requirements. As we know, under SDS, you must have the required English level, so you must sit in an English test, like IELTS or PTE, and obtain the required bands. The next step is to send an admission application. To apply for a study permit, you must have an acceptance letter from a college / University with having DLI number. Other documents include fee receipt, GIC certificate, Medical, academic documents, passport, Scholarship (if any)

..post-graduation work permit

While applying for a study permit, students must know if he is eligible to work after you graduate. It should be noted that Not all designated learning institutions make you eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.

Along with graduating from an eligible designated learning institution, you need to meet all other criteria to get a post-graduation work permit.

Read more about CANADA & other Options at Study & Settle Abroad.

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..for more details you may contact Canada Immigration site. You may also contact some professional for right guidance.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Jaspal Singh

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Jaspal Singh (author) from India / Australia on July 20, 2018:

Thanks Bhawana & Cherry for supporting comments

Bhawana from Australia on July 20, 2018:

Very informative and information is supplied in the best possible manner.

Cherry Behl on July 19, 2018:

Great info sir

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