Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) just announced that it will accept language test results from four new tests - for applicants under the Student Direct Stream (SDS).
Effective August 10, 2023, IRCC will begin to accept test results from these four new tests:
Check eligibility for a Canada Study Visa
All test results must demonstrate abilities across all four language proficiency domains i.e., Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing.
The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General test results must showcase a score that is equivalent to the Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) of at least 7.
The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) test results must showcase a minimum score of 60.
The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test results must showcase a minimum score of 60.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT test results must showcase a minimum score of 83.
Students must take these tests in person. Online, remotely proctored tests will not be accepted for applicants in the SDS. Prior to this change, IELTS General and IELTS Academic were the only tests approved by IRCC for SDS applicants.
The Student Direct Stream (SDS), formerly known as the Students Partners Program (SPP), is a pathway introduced by the Canadian government to expedite the processing of Canada Study Visa applications for international students from certain countries. The SDS program aims to provide faster visa processing times for eligible students who are planning to study at Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada.
By participating in SDS, eligible students can enjoy streamlined visa processing, which helps facilitate their study plans in Canada. At current processing times, students can expect to get approval under the SDS within 20 days.
To be eligible for the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program in Canada, international students must meet the following criteria:
It is essential to note that meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee approval, as additional factors may be considered during the visa application process. Seek guidance from an authorized study abroad consultant if you’re having trouble.
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