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Immigration Newsweek


Immigration Newsweek


By Atty. Henry Moyal



Applicants living in the Philippines ( or China, India and Vietnam) who want to study in Canada will now be eligible under a new program called the Student Direct Stream (SDS) which will expedite visas and process student visas in 20 days.


As of May 1, 2019 SDS applications are being centralized and processed by the Centralized Network (CN) and require that applicants submit applications online. Applicants who file a paper application or applicants who are physically in Canada at time of application are not eligible.


To be eligible all applicant must provide the following top ten items:

  1. Proof of a valid English test result, completed within 2 years of the date the SDS application was received, showing an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher in each language skill: listening, reading, writing and speaking


  1. Proof of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN $10,000 or more from any bank insured by the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC).

The GIC must meet the following criteria:

    • When the GIC has been purchased, the bank provides a letter of attestation, the GIC certificate, the Investment Directions Confirmation or the Investment Balance Confirmation to the applicant.
    • The bank holds the funds in an investment account or a student account that is inaccessible for release to the applicant until the applicant’s arrival in Canada.
    • Upon entry to Canada, the bank must validate the client’s identity before releasing funds to the study permit holder.
    • The applicant receives an initial disbursement upon identifying themselves, and the remaining funds are disbursed in monthly or bi-monthly installments over a period of 10 to 12 months.


  1. Proof of full payment of tuition for their first year of study

This may be in the form of the following:

    • a receipt from the school
    • an official letter from the school confirming payment of tuition fees
    • a receipt from a bank showing that tuition fees have been paid to the school
    • proof that the tuition fee amount has been transferred into a repository account at the school to be applied to the tuition bill at a later date


  1. Letter of acceptance from a post-secondary institution
  2. Proof of completion of upfront medical examination from a panel physician
  3. Application for Study Permit Made Outside Canada form
  1. Family Information form
  2. Application processing fee payment and biometric processing fee payment
  3. Birth Certificate

10.Photocopy of Passport




Attorney Henry Moyal is a certified and licensed immigration lawyer in Toronto, Ontario.

The above article is general advice only and is not intended to act as a legal document.

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