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Canada Study Visa: Language Requirement Updated for SDS

Published on : August 11, 2023

Canada will now accept new language tests for the expedited route to get Study Permits. Applicants from 14 countries, including India, can get a study permit within 20 days under SDS.

Effective August 10, 2023, there will be 4 newly-approved English language tests for the Student Direct Stream (SDS) to get a Canada study permit, commonly referred to as a Canada study visa. New language tests will now be accepted for SDS.

A valid language test result meeting the minimum score requirement is needed to be eligible for the SDS. With newly-approved tests, there will be a difference in the language requirements based on whether you applied before August 10, 2023, or applied on or after August 10, 2023.

There are particular eligibility requirements to be met to be granted a Canadian Study Permit by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

What are the new language tests accepted by IRCC for SDS?

From August 10, 2023, IRCC will accept 4 newly-approved test results as proof of proficiency in the English language.

Newly-Approved English Language Tests for Canada’s Student Direct Stream

To be accepted by IRCC from August 10, 2023

You will have to appear for the test in-person. Online tests will not be accepted by IRCC for SDS.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT

 

How many language tests are approved for SDS for Study Permit?

With the addition of 4 tests, there are now a total of 6 English language tests approved for SDS.

 

English Language Tests Accepted by IRCC for Student Direct Stream

English Language Test

Score required for SDS

Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Test

Minimum score of

Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP)

Equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) score of

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic

Minimum score of

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General

Equivalent to a

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

Minimum score of

Test of English as a Foreign Language Language (TOEFL) iBT

Minimum score of

IELTS Requirement for SDS Updated

IRCC has also changed the IELTS requirement to be eligible for the Student Direct Stream to get a study visa for Canada.

IELTS Requirement for Student Direct Stream

For those who applied before August 10, 2023

For those who applied on or after August 10, 2023

Score of 6 or more in each language ability:

- listening

- reading

- writing

- speaking

An overall band score of 6.0 (and not in each of the 4 abilities as previously)

 

What is Student Direct Stream?                         

SDS is a quicker way to secure a permit to study overseas in Canada as an international student. Generally, SDS applications are processed within 20 days.

Which countries are eligible for SDS?

14 countries are eligible.

Countries Eligible for SDS pathway for Canada Study Permit  

To apply, you must be a legal resident living in any of the SDS eligible countries at the time of applying.

India

Pakistan

Philippines

China

Columbia

Brazil

Costa Rica

Antigua and Barbuda

Morocco

Peru

Senegal

Vietnam

Trinidad and Tobago

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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Am I eligible for SDS?

The basic eligibility for SDS is as follows:

- A legal resident living in any of the 14 eligible countries

- A Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada

- Be living outside Canada at the time of applying

- Proof of having paid first year tuition fees

- A Guaranteed Income Certificate (GIC) of CAD 10,000

- Meet the language requirement

- Most recent education (secondary or postsecondary) transcripts

The right guidance can help you get a Canada Study Permit within 20 days.

For more details, get in touch today. Free consultation.

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