Wise Immigration highlights Study Direct Stream for faster student visa application
Launched last June 15, 2017, Study Direct Stream aims to provide a more streamlined study process for potential international students. This study program was designed only for Philippine Nationals that are applying for study permits in Canada.
In the event facilitated by the Wise-Cebu’s Case officers last August 19, the attendees had the chance to listen to the seminar and were given the right information about the Study Direct Stream.
The main qualifications of this program are: (1) clients must have a total band score of 6.0 in IELTS exam, (2) must apply for a full-time program in a publicly-funded post-secondary institution, (3)must do upfront medicals, (4) must pay the tuition fee for one year , and (5) must deposit their proof of funds in Scotiabank under their account.
This process will also make it easier for every Filipino student because of its faster processing time and less financial documents are required.
The initial documents required for this program are valid passport, School Credentials, Academic IELTS Examination Result, Letter of Acceptance from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution, Proof of initial payment of the tuition fees, Proof of funds, and Statement of Purpose to study in Canada.
‘Can I work while studying?’
Effective on June 2014, the Government of Canada allowed full-time international students enrolled at designated learning institutions in certain programs to work.
International students who enrolled in any Canadian institutions are allowed to work for 20 hours per week during academic sessions and full-time during schedule or semestral breaks.
‘What happen after I graduate?’
The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.
Students who have graduated in a one-year program will acquire one year open work permit while students who have graduated in a two-year program will acquire three years open work permit.
‘Pathway to permanent residency’
Skilled Canadian work experience gained through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry.
International students who have graduated in Canada must qualify in any of the three programs under Express Entry to be a permanent resident. These programs are Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Provincial Nominee Programs.
Miss Marilou Jabillo, one of the attendees said that the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program will give an opportunity for aspiring Filipinos like her to acquire an education that is recognized globally.
“I will definitely take this opportunity since it is only 30 days processing. So it’s faster than the regular program,” she added.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Reza, an Indian National, was disappointed that they can’t avail the program since it is only applicable for Philippine nationals.
“I am not aware that it is only for Filipinos. The advertisement is so well. I’m glad that I joined this seminar. I’m now enlightened,” Reza said.
‘Free HIV Testing’
The Wise Immigration employees and the attendees had the chance also to avail the free HIV Testing conducted by the Advocating Gender-based Actions towards Caring Communities (AGACC).
Mr. Jan Neil Perfecio, program coordinator of AGACC, said that it is important for every individual to know their status.
Their mission is empowering people especially the HIV risk groups to enjoy their right rights to health and confidentiality in the process of seeking health care even in situations of emergencies or humanitarian crises.
Author: Leo Garciso