Another option for students to study in Canada is via the Student Direct Stream. This program is available to legal residents of China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam and will allow for faster study permits. It is important to note that to be eligible for the Student Direct Stream prospective students must be citizens of these countries and reside there. If the prospective student doesn’t reside in one of these countries – even if they are a citizen – they will need to apply through the standard study permit process.

Just like with the other study programs, the first step in the Student Direct Stream is to determine the right school for your education and location needs. Once you have a letter of acceptance for the institution you can prepare your application with medical exam confirmation, guaranteed funds, proof of tuition fees and proof of graduation from a Canadian high school or a language test to prove language capabilities in either English and/or French.

For your application, you will need a copy of your acceptance letter from your preferred school, a copy of your medical exam confirmation, proof of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate of $10,000, proof of payment of your first year’s tuition, proof of graduation from a Canadian curriculum high school or a language test result of at least 6 for English or at least 7 for French.

Be sure that your application is complete to speed to process along. If anything within your application does not fit the Student Direct Stream process, your application will still be reviewed, but under a regular study permit process without the accelerated processing times.

If approved, you will receive a letter of introduction to show the immigration officer upon arrival in Canada. You will also need to show your visitor visa.