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How Is SDS (Student Direct Stream) Different From SPP?

SPP is nothing but Student Partners Program for the Indian students for studying in Canada. The Canada SPP is basically a joint pilot project between CIC or is Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s visa offices in India and ACCC that is the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. Canada has been particularly very famous for the successful Student Partners Program which had been launched by the Government of Canada. This program is extremely common among the Indian students because of the fact that this program plays a vital role easing the overall process of procuring student visa. At the same time, the Student Partners Program takes pride in high visa success rate ratio.

But at the end of the previous year, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or IRCC has made a few changes to the Student Partners Program that existed has resulted in the creation of a lot of confusion among the Indian students. Getting a proper guide in this regard would be certainly very helpful to the students in clearing out the confusion about the changes that has been made to the SPP program.

Changes Made in Student Partners Program

The changes so made to the Student Partners Program that existed are not very major for the Indian students. But at this point of time, it is to be kept in mind that what are the differences between Student Partners Program or SPP that existed and the present Study Direct Stream or SDS.

  • The most important change has been made in the name of the program. Previously it was called Student Partners Program that started in the year 2009 and currently it is referred to as Study Direct Stream which started in the year 2017.
  • The minimum overall band for IELTS required for SPP was 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each of the sub bands and in the present SDS system the minimum remains 6.0 but the minimum for each sub bands is also 6.0. Thus, the changes in the band requirements is an important change which a point of caution for the students.
  • In the Study Direct Stream program, the students need to pay the fees for the whole year that is the annual fees instead of the semester fees. Also, if any interested student posses a band score of six in each of the bands but pays the fees of only one semester, the student visa for that student will be processed under the general category.
  • The Student Partners Program or SPP was linked with the colleges whereas the Study Direct Stream or SDS is directly linked with the students.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada or IRCC has notified that all of the changes mentioned above will be applicable to all the study permits to the nation of Canada which are received from the 1st of February 2018 irrespective of the date of the letter of offer. Hence, keeping these changes in mind will help the Indian students to get the study visa to Canada with convenience.