While it is the case that the SDS (Student Direct Stream) advertises a quicker processing time, look beneath the surface and the processing times aren’t actually all that different.
Because while the SDS is processed more quickly, it requires a lot more effort to be done before the applicant can hit submit. Candidates must:
- Take the IELTS
- Purchase a GIC
- Pre-pay one year of tuition
- Obtain transcripts
- Depending on their country, take an upfront medical exam
Meanwhile those who opt for the regular (non-SDS) stream don’t have to do any of this. They can just hit “submit”. So while the SDS is processed quicker, the difference is a little deceptive.
Irrespective of which stream you pick, a good Cover Letter, Education Strategy, Financial Support Letter, and comprehensive Financial Documentation are key to submitting an application that will be approved.