IELTS 6 bands requirement removed for Canada Student Direct Stream

IELTS 6 bands requirement removed for Canada Student Direct Stream

Breaking News: IRCC updates, IELTS 6 bands requirement removed for Canada Student Direct Stream. From Aug 10, 2023, international students will no longer have to get a minimum of 6 bands each in IELTS four modules – Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

As per IRCC, Canada, the following move will help students to avail of top-quality education in Canada. And further enhances their career prospects post getting a Canada Study Visa. However, the following applied to the Student Direct Stream (SDS).

Earlier candidates were required to get 6 bands each in IELTS Academic. But with the new provision candidates will have to get overall 6.0 bands. This will help international students to be assessed as a whole rather than as per each language module. Thereby, instilling a sense of purpose and confidence among students who wish to study in Canada.


What is IELTS and why does Canada want students to undergo this test?

Canada has two official languages English and French. Thus, it requires all permanent and temporary resident visa holders to be proficient in at least one of the languages. As a result, as a student, you must showcase your language skill level to get approval for a Canada study visa.

  • Permanent resident (PR Visa) – Must have a minimum language skill level of CLB 7 – 6 bands each.
  • Whereas temporary residents must have a language skill level as per the visa category they are applying to.


What is Student Direct Stream (SDS)? Who can apply?

The Student Direct Stream is a category for applicants who wish to fast track their study visa application for Canada. As per this stream, you can get a Canada student visa in 20 days. However, to do so you must be a resident of 1 of the following 14 eligible countries:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Brazil
  3. China
  4. Colombia
  5. Costa Rica
  6. India
  7. Morocco
  8. Pakistan
  9. Peru
  10. Philippines
  11. Senegal
  12. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  13. Trinidad and Tobago
  14. Vietnam


IELTS 6 bands requirement removed for Canada Student Direct Stream. And the residents of the following countries are now in for a treat. As with a low IELTS requirement of overall 6.0 bands such candidates will get their study visa in 20 days.


How to apply to the Canada Student Direct Stream (SDS)?

To get a fast-track Canada Study Visa under the SDS you must do the following:

  • Firstly, be a resident of 1 of the 14 eligible countries.
  • Secondly, get a Letter of Acceptance from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI).
  • Also, pay 1-year tuition fee for the college/university you are taking admission into.
  • Get a Guaranteed Income Certificate (GIC) of CAD 10,000.
  • If applying for Quebec get a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ).
  • As applicable submit medical and police clearance reports.
  • Besides, have educational transcripts ready for submission.
  • Moreover, submit a language test result. You can submit the following:
    • IELTS – Now overall 6.0.
    • CELPIP – CLB 7 (7 bands each)
    • TOEFT iBt – 83
    • PTE – 60
    • CAEL – 60
  • Further, submit a complete and error-free visa application.


IRCC will then process your application under the Student Direct Stream (SDS). And you will get Canada Study Visa Approval in 20 days.

In short, the IELTS 6 bands requirement is removed for the Student Direct Stream (SDS). So, why not make the most of it? Apply now and Study in Canada in the next intake.

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