Students from Senegal and Morocco who would wish to study in Canada will soon have access to a processing program that will grant them fast-track study permits.

The Student Direct Stream grants permission to all students who are qualified to apply for a study permit through an online platform that manages applications for permanent Canadian residence. The time it takes to process the majority of the Student Direct Stream applications is 20 days, though some applications may end up taking a while longer. By providing quick and reliable processing of study permits through Student Direct Stream, Canada is now better equipped to compete for the world’s best talent from all over the globe.

On September 9th, 2019, students from Senegal and Morocco made the list of the countries that are qualified, and that can apply through the Student Direct Stream. The other countries on the list include India, The People’s Republic of China, The Philippines, Vietnam and Pakistan.

By expanding the Student Direct Stream to Senegal and Morocco, the Canadian federal government has reinforced its Francophone Immigration Strategy. This strategy is meant to motivate young French speakers to want to study in Canada. It also supports the International Education Strategy for 2019 through to 2024 in its bid to attract students from a more diverse range of countries.

“Canada has a diverse and welcoming society coupled with educational institutions of high quality. There are also opportunities to work or move here immediately after graduation all of which have made Canada a leading destination of choice for students from all over the world,” read a statement by Ahmed Hussen, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

According to a report tabled by The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Canada is among the top destinations for students who are seeking both high-end education and subsequent absorption into the labour market once they graduate.

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