How to Get a Study Permit for Canada in 20 Days!

Last Updated: 8 February 2022

Studying in Canada has become one of the most attractive options for students the world over but did you know that Canada has a fast-tracked application option for students from certain South American, Asian and African countries?

If you're a citizen from one of the following countries you could have your study permit for Canada processed in as little as 20 calendar days and be studying in Canada as earlier as next semester! 

The following countries are eligible to apply under the Student Direct Stream:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Vietnam

Ready to find how you can start the application process? Let's take a closer look at what you need.

What is the Student Direct Stream?

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Canada’s Student Direct Stream allows students from the above-mentioned countries to apply to study in Canada through an expedited process. 

Besides being a resident of one of these countries, students are also required to meet the following requirements:

  • Have a copy of your acceptance letter from a Designated Learning Institution,
  • Have a copy of your upfront medical exam confirmation document,
  • Have a copy of your police clearance certificate,
  • Have proof that you have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000,
  • Have the most recent secondary or post-secondary educational transcripts,
  • Have proof that you’ve paid the tuition fees for your first year of study, and
  • Have proof that you graduated from a Canadian curriculum high school or a language test form showing a score of at least 6 for English (International English Language Testing System), or Niveaux de compétence Linguistique canadiens score of at least 7 for French (Test d’évaluation de français)

What is a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC)?

A Guaranteed Investment Certificate or GIC is basically an investment with a guaranteed rate of return for a fixed period of time. You will receive $2,000 when you initially arrive in Canada and then will receive the remainder of the investment in instalments throughout the following year.

Below is a list of Banks that offer GICs that meets the Student Direct Stream requirements:

  • Bank of Beijing Bank of China 
  • Bank of Montreal 
  • Bank of Xian Co. Ltd. 
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) 
  • Desjardins Habib Canadian Bank 
  • HSBC Bank of Canada 
  • ICICI Bank 
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China 
  • RBC Royal Bank 
  • SBI Canada Bank 
  • Scotiabank

Alternatively, you can check whether or not your financial institution qualifies on the Canadian Deposit Insurance Company website.

And an added bonus: your spouse or common-law partner and dependent children may be able to enjoy faster processing too if they will be accompanying you on a:

  • Visitor Visa;
  • Work Permit; or
  • Study Permit.

Please note that you will have to submit your applications together to enjoy this perk.

How Do I Apply for Canada’s Student Direct Stream?

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Step 1: Gather Supporting Documents

Before you start the application process it is important to make sure that you have all the necessary documents required, certified

If any of your documents are not in English or French they will need to be translated and submitted along with the original document and an affidavit from the person who translated (if they are not a certified translator).

Please note that you may not translate them yourself nor may they be translated by your spouse, common-law partner or a family member.

Step 2: Apply Online

The Student Direct Stream only accepts online applications, which means that you will need the following to complete the application process:

  • All supporting documents;
  • A scanner or camera to create electronic copies to upload; and
  • A valid credit or debit card to pay for your visa application.

Step 3: Submit Your Application and Pay Your Fees

Once you are sure that your application has been fully completed accurately and in accordance with your application guidance you can submit your application. In order for the application transaction to be completed, you will need to pay your visa fees.

Top Tip: To avoid delays make sure that you pay your biometrics fees at the same time as when you pay your visa fees.

What’s Next?

IRCC will check to see if your application is completed correctly. If not your application will be returned and you will have to resubmit. Once you have created your online account you will be able to check to see how far your application is or whether or not it has been approved. Once approved you can get ready to jet off to study in Canada and start the adventure of a lifetime.

Can I Get Permanent Residency in Canada After I Graduate?

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The answer is a resounding yes! You will be able to apply to stay and work in Canada through programs such as the Post Graduate Work Program and eventually apply for permanent residency through programs such as the Canada Experience Class program under the Express Entry System or through one of the many Provincial Graduate Programs.

Take the First Step Towards a Brighter Future

Applying for a visa on your own can be time-consuming and difficult to understand. With strict deadlines, procedures and requirements, it can be easy to make a mistake that could cost you your chance to study in Canada through the Student Direct Stream. But with the guidance and assistance of one of our knowledgeable Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s), who are accredited by the ICCRC the process will be stress-free.

When you choose to use our expert and government trusted service you will get:

  • An in-depth eligibility assessment
  • Guidance on which of 100+ immigration programs and visas to choose from;
  • An immigration plan tailored to your individual needs;
  • A review and submission of all application forms and documentation; as well as
  • Support through every step of the application process.

All you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your eligibility assessment and let us take care of the rest. It’s just that simple! Your Canadian journey starts here.

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