Pakistan is now the fifth country able to send applications through SDS. Students from China, India, Philippines, and Vietnam have been part of the service since it launched in 2018.
According to Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen, the Pakistan expansion stems from the Canadian government’s goal of attracting students froma more diverse rangeof countries.
“Canada’s diverse, welcoming society, high-quality educational institutions and opportunities to work or immigrate after graduation have made Canada a leading destination of choice from around the world,” said Hussen in a statement on the Government of Canada website. “By expanding the Student Direct Stream to a more diverse range of prospective students, we’re enhancing the tremendous cultural, social and economic benefits that international students provide.”
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Students who apply for their visa under SDS enjoy much quicker processing times but must meet stricter requirements.These include:
Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000
Meeting language test requirements in English or French
Proof of paid tuition fees for first year of study
SDS is a way for qualified international students to study in Canada and gain a post-graduation work permit. According to the Government of Canada, nearly 54,000 former students transitioned to permanent residence in 2018 – an all-time high.
Study permit growth for Pakistani students has been slow the past few years, with only a little over2,000 new permits grantedin 2018. With SDS now in effect for the remainder of 2019, it will be interesting to see if Canada attracts a record number of Pakistani international students this year.