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What is the difference in SDS and SPP scheme?

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We have tabulated the difference between the programs below:

SPP SchemeSDS Scheme
When a student applies to colleges and universities in Canada, they will get the options to choose between the Student Partners Program (SPP) and non-SPP programs. Even though the participating colleges in the program accept non-SPP applications, the actual difference between these two is the number and type of documents needed for visa processing.Launched by the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this Student Direct Stream (SDS) is for making visa processing faster for Indian students applying to the universities of Canada. This program is for students coming from India, Vietnam, Philippines, and China. This program is supposedly replacing the SPP program.
This scheme is an arrangement between the Canadian High Commission in India and Canadian colleges to provide students with easy and quick study visa by making the process faster as they do not need to show a bunch of documents.This scheme is introduced to provide the eligible and deserving students with an opportunity to study abroad and fulfill their aspirations.
Under this scheme, you will need the following set of documents:
Letter of Acceptance from the participating collegesIELTS score of 6.0 for UG courses and 6.5 for PG coursesAt least 55% marks in class 12 for UG programsFor PG courses, bachelor’s degree or 3-4 years of advanced diploma with at least 50% marksProof of employmentProof of tuition fee paymentProof of the purchase of Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of 10,000 CADMedical examination reportsVisa fee of 150 CAD
Under SDS program, you have to submit the documents listed below:
IELTS score of 6.0 for both UG and PG coursesPayment proof of full tuition fees for the first yearPurchase of GIC of 10,000 CADStudents must apply in the colleges and universities that have a valid registered Designated Learning Institutions or DLI numberCopy of the acceptance letter sent by the DLICopy of medical examination reports
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