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6 bands in IELTS Academic are going to be history soon and this will be benefited most to the students who are looking to Study in Canada. Moreover, IELTS General will also be allowed to apply under the Student Direct Stream by the IRCC. Apart from this, four new languages are approved by the IRCC as well, and these are as follow
As per the latest update by the IRCC and IDP, after 10th August 2023, Canada Study Visa applications will be no longer required 6 bands in each module in IELTS Academic from students. For instance, if any student will have a score of 5.5 bands in any two modules and 6.5 bands other two modules with an overall 6.0 bands score. Then the student will be eligible to study in Canada.
Moreover, along with the change, the IRCC will also validate the IELTS – General module test. However, the score criteria are different than the IELTS – Academic test. For instance, if students would apply for their Canada Student Visa then their score must be at least according to Canadian Language Benchmark – 7, which means at least 6.0 bands in each module.
The amendment is been mentioned in the Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 157, Number 21: GOVERNMENT NOTICES,
On the other end, IDP has also confirmed the update and published it on its official website.
Immigration, Refugee & Citizenship Canada has also approved the eligibility of the below given four tests as well.
Here are the basic minimum score required for the SDS stream in all valid English language tests.
|English Language Test||Minimum Score Needed for SDS|
|IELTS Academic||Overall 6.0|
|IELTS General Training||6.0 in each module|
|PTE Academic||Overall 60|
|CELPIP General||7.0 in each module|
|TOEFL iBT||Overall 83|
The stream is helpful to those students who would like to apply for Canada Study Visa and pursue higher education in the country. Student Direct Stream supports to accelerate visa processing and helps students to get a quick visa outcome. As per the rule, only the listed below countries’ citizens are eligible to apply under the stream.
There are several benefits to applying for a visa under the stream like
There are plenty of changes coming in Canada for the January 2024 intake. So if you are a student and would like to pursue your higher education in Canada then this would be an appropriate time to at least start your process with English language test preparation.