The Student Direct stream is a fast-track visa processing for international students. At the moment Pakistan will join India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. All processing times are reduced via the direct stream and most of visas are being analyzed in three weeks.
To be able to apply for a study permit under the Direct Stream the applicant needs to provide further information on the English proficiency level and also on financial capacity. The minimum score at IELTS is 6 and financial support must show at least CA$10.000.
“By expanding the SDS to prospective students from Pakistan, IRCC is encouraging a more diverse range of students to choose Canada,” an IRCC spokesperson told. “This is very much a welcome development and we are pleased to see IRCC’s efforts trying to help more international students access our higher education system… it certainly supports broader priorities in our sector around diversification,” Universities Canada assistant director of international relations Cindy McIntyre said.
Pakistan was the 19th largest nationality for student visa holders in Canada by December 2018, according to IRCC figures, and the 47th source countries for language schools.