Canada has introduced a faster and simpler visa procedure for students from India and three other countries. As the number of Indian students opting for studies in Canada is on the rise, with the help of a new program, the processing time for study permits (which are student visas) to be cut down to 45 days as opposed to within 60 days will be helpful for students.
Students from 4 Asian countries (India, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines) who substantiate upfront that they have the requisite financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada are eligible to opt for the newly introduced ‘Student Direct Stream’ (SDS) program.
The Student Partners Program (SPP) that entailed less visa documentation and quicker processing were more narrow now and available only to students applying to 40 odd participating Canadian colleges. The SDS program, introduced in June, is available to students opting for college education) at all designated learning institutes, according to a statement issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
This announcement almost came after the UK’s government decision to exclude Indian students from easier visa norms. Given the growing protectionism in UK and USA, the number of Indian students opting for Canada is steadily growing. Indian students obtained 83,410 study permits in 2017.