Four English language tests are now accepted for the Student Direct Stream!

Four English language tests are now accepted for the Student Direct Stream!

Manmeet Kaur Manmeet Kaur
[Published 12 Aug, 2023 | 04:20 AM]
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Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have approved four new English language tests for Student Direct Stream (SDS) applicants from August 10, 2023. 

The newly approved English language tests include:

  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based test (TOEFL iBT) 

Students also have the choice to participate in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training or Academic tests. 

The Minimum Required Score for SDS Eligibility

Students must show abilities in Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing to meet the criteria for a Canada Study Visa through the Student Direct Stream (SDS). 

Below is the minimum score needed for eligibility:

Language Test Minimum Score
CELPIP General CLB 7
PTE Academic 60
TOEFL iBT Test 83

It is essential for students to undertake an approved language test in an in-person format, as results from online or remote tests will not be taken into account.

The following changes to the IELTS requirements for SDS will also come into effect on August 10th.

  • Candidates are required to attain an overall band score of 6.0 in IELTS Academic. This score is an average taken from individual skill section scores.
  • For those who applied using IELTS Academic before August 10, 2023, achieving a score of 6.0 in each skill area – speaking, listening, reading, and writing – is mandatory.
  • In the case of applicants taking IELTS General Training, whether it's prior to or after August 10, 2023, a score of 6.0 in every skill section is required.

Eligibility Requirements for Student Direct Stream 

To be eligible for the SDS program in Canada, you should:

  • Be a legal resident of specified countries, which include -
    Antigua and Barbuda
    Costa Rica
    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    Trinidad and Tobago
  • Provide a copy of your acceptance letter from a recognized Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
  • Provide confirmation of medical examination.
  • Have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) worth $10,000 or prove ownership.
  • Confirm payment of your first-year tuition fees.
  • Show language test results from the last two years, showcasing acceptable SDS scores.
  • Submit your application at a Visa Application Centre (VAC).

Before starting your Canadian study journey, make sure to check eligibility for Canada Student Visa for Student Direct Stream, which is an initiative to speed up the study permit application process for international students from specific countries. 

Keep in mind that fulfilling the eligibility criteria doesn't automatically guarantee visa approval. The visa process might involve additional requirements. To ensure expert assistance and a seamless application journey, reach out to an authorized study abroad consultant.