Pakistanis can now get Canadian student visa in less than three weeks

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Pakistani students applying for a Canadian student visa can now get it ‘in less than three weeks’ as the Student Direct Stream (SDS) programme has been expanded by the Canadian government.

According to details, the SDS has been expanded to include applicants from Pakistan as well. This was revealed in a press release by the Canadian Immigration Department in a press release on July 26.

“The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is now available to study permit applicants who are living in Pakistan,” read the press release.

The press release stated that students will have to provide more up-front information about meeting their English and French language test requirements and show their ability to finance their education.

“With additional information, officers can process applications more efficiently,” read the press release.

“Many international students who graduate from a program in Canada often become eligible for a post-graduation work permit. With a Canadian education and skilled work experience in Canada, former international students are well positioned for success in applying for permanent residence through Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot,” read the press release.

Pakistani High Commissioner to Canada, Raza Bashir Tarar, welcomed the decision taken by the Canadian Immigration department. He said that the decision will prove fruitful for students who wished to apply for a student visa to Canada. He thanked Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and the members of the Canadian Parliament.