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Canada Student Direct Stream expanded to Pakistan

Canada Student Direct Stream now available to applicants in Pakistan. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced on July 26, 2019 that the Student Direct Stream (SDS) is now available to study permit applicants who are living in Pakistan. SDS applications require prospective students to provide more up-front information to officers, including meeting language test requirements in English or French and providing additional information that shows their ability to finance their education. With additional information, officers can process applications more efficiently.

The Student Direct Stream launched in 2018 as an option for study permit applicants in China, India, Philippines and Vietnam. Most SDS applications in those countries are being processed in under 3 weeks.

The expansion of SDS to Pakistan supports the Government’s goal of attracting students from a more diverse range of countries. Pakistan is one of the top 5 source countries for students studying in Canada.

Many international students who graduate from a program in Canada often become eligible for a post-graduation work permit. With a Canadian education and skilled work experience in Canada, former international students are well positioned for success in applying for permanent residence through the federal Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

Express Entry Program allows Canada to actively recruit assess and select skilled immigrants under the following federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class. The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are used by Canadian provinces and territories to nominate candidates from the Express Entry pool for permanent residency in those provinces or territories.

In 2018, in fact, nearly 54,000 former students transitioned to permanent residence, an all-time high.


“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 for students from around the world. 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.”

 – The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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