Canada introduces new visa programme for Indian students

The Justin Trudeau government in Canada has announced important changes to shorten the processing time for student visa application in order to allow more international students to study at post-secondary Canadian institutions.
Starting from June 8, the Student Direct Stream (SDS) Programme has replaced the Student Partnership Programme (SPP) in India and other existing facilitation programmes for students in China, Philippines and Vietnam. Canada has quickly become the preferred destination for Indian students looking for a high quality international education. It provides a world-class education in a safe and welcoming environment at a competitive and affordable cost, said Nadir Patel, Canadian High Commissioner to India. For SDS study permit applications, the processing time will be an expedited 45 days or less. For non-SDS applications, normal processing times continue. The new SDS will provide for students aspiring to go to Canada with an even faster and more streamlined visa application process, added Patel.To be part of SDS, international students will need to provide proof of acceptance by an eligible post-secondary DLI and payment of their tuition fees for the first year. A minimum-required IELTS level of English language ability of 6.0 in all categories (listening, reading, writing and speaking) is also mandatory among other rules. Video ABP Sanjha

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