The Student Direct Stream (SDS) has long been a preferred pathway for international students aspiring to study in Canada. It offers a streamlined application process, ensuring a quicker transition from application to enrollment.
On August 30, 2023, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently updated SDS’s eligibility requirements for accepted language tests, effective as of August 10, 2023, in an effort to keep up with changing language standards and ensure the highest quality of education.
Updates in the Student Direct Stream (SDS)
Accepted Language Tests for Student Direct Stream (SDS) Applications Before August 10, 2023
For the applications received before August 10, 2023, the SDS will only accept specific IELTS and TEF language test results. Applicants were required to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in each language skill to qualify for the streamlined process. These included:
- An IELTS score of 6.0 or higher in listening, reading, writing, and speaking; and
- A TEF score equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) score of at least 7 for each ability.
Accepted Language Tests for Student Direct Stream (SDS) Applications On or After August 10, 2023
The most significant change in the SDS update is the expansion of accepted language tests. In addition to IELTS and TEF, IRCC will now consider scores from other reputable language tests for the applications received on or after August 10, 2023. This update accommodates a wider range of applicants while maintaining the high language standards required for academic success.
Here is a list of the newly accepted language tests and their corresponding minimum scores:
- CAEL: Minimum overall score of 60
- CELPIP General: Equivalent to a CLB score of at least 7 for each ability
- IELTS Academic: Minimum overall score of at least 6
- IELTS General: Equivalent to a CLB score of at least 7 for each ability
- TCF Canada: Equivalent to a CLB score of at least 7 for each ability
- TCF Tout public: Minimum overall score of 400
- TEF Canada: Equivalent to a CLB score of at least 7 for each ability
- TEF 5 épreuves: Minimum overall score of 400 (“Lexique/Structure” not required for SDS)
- TOEFL iBTL: Minimum overall score of at least 83
- Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum overall score of 60
It’s important to note that certain sub-tests and test variants, such as IELTS One Skill Retake, PTE Academic UKVI, TEFAQ, TOEFL iBT My Best Scores, etc. are not approved under the SDS program.
How Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants Can Assist You
Navigating the complex world of study permit applications can be overwhelming, especially with these recent changes. At Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants, we specialize in helping international students achieve their dream of studying in Canada. Our team of experienced professionals is well-versed in the latest updates to the Student Direct Stream and can provide you with expert guidance tailored to your unique situation. We ensure a seamless and stress-free application process, giving you the best possible chance of success.
The recent updates to the Student Direct Stream’s language test requirements mark a significant step forward in ensuring that the program continues to attract the brightest minds from around the world. These changes not only make the application process more accessible but also uphold the high language standards necessary for academic success in Canadian institutions. With the expertise of Chitra & Associates Immigration Consultants by your side, you can confidently navigate these updates and embark on your journey to studying in Canada.
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