present, the SDS program is serving residents of four countries: India, China, Philippines, and Vietnam.
Canadian government plans to extend the program to residents in Africa, specifically countries like Kenya and Senegal after balancing the success of the program.
Currently Canada aims to process all study permit applications which are eligible for SDS processing in 20 calendar days.
To apply for a Canadian study permit through the SDS program, considered student applicants must:
An approved application will be issued a letter of introduction, we call it a Point of Entry letter of introduction, and a temporary resident visa to immigrate Canada.
The letter of introduction, or Point of Entry (POE) letter, is issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to prove the approval of a study permit and is presented to a visa officer when one arrives in Canada.
The citizens of one of the countries mentioned above cannot be residing in another country during the application of a study permit through the SDS program.
IRCC says complete applications will be reviewed immediately after they are received, through SDS.
In case, an application does not meet the eligibility requirements for the SDS program, IRCC will perform the submission as all regular study permit applications. At present, processing times for Canadian study permit depend on the country of residence.