In a significant development, Canada has announced its decision to accept the PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) for all SDS (Student Direct Stream) applications.
This move comes as Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) seeks to streamline the visa application process for international students. Starting from August 10, PTE Academic will be recognized by the IRCC as a valid proof of English language proficiency for SDS applications.
What is PTE Academic?
The Pearson Test of English (PTE) is a cutting-edge computer-based assessment designed to evaluate the English language proficiency of non-native speakers who aspire to pursue university courses in English-speaking countries. This comprehensive test measures the individual’s reading, writing, listening, and speaking abilities, providing an accurate and reliable assessment of their language skills.
What is SDS Visa in Canada?
The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is an expedited study permit processing program for those who are applying to study in Canada at a post-secondary designated learning institution (DLI).
Acceptance of PTE Academic
The acceptance of PTE Academic by the IRCC for SDS applications follows their recognition earlier this year of PTE Core for demonstrating English language proficiency for Canadian permanent residency or citizenship.
This decision reflects Canada’s commitment to facilitating the entry of talented and qualified international students into its renowned educational institutions.
Streamlined Process for SDS Applicants
The SDS (Student Direct Stream) is a specialized study permit process designed to expedite the application process for students applying to study in Canada from specific countries. These countries include;
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
By accepting PTE Academic for SDS applications, the IRCC aims to enhance the efficiency and accessibility of the study permit process for applicants from these nations.
Increase in International Student Enrollment
Notably, Canada has witnessed a remarkable surge in international student enrollment in recent years. The latest figures from the IRCC for 2022 reveal that Canada reached an all-time high in terms of international student admissions.
By the end of October, the IRCC had successfully processed over 750,300 study permit applications throughout the 2022 calendar year.
The acceptance of PTE Academic for SDS applications is expected to contribute further to this trend by attracting a diverse pool of talented students to Canada’s educational institutions.
Aligning with Global Standards
Canada’s decision to accept PTE Academic for SDS applications brings it in line with countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, which already accept PTE Academic for all visa applications.
Furthermore, PTE Academic has gained widespread acceptance by thousands of universities across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
With more than 400 PTE centres available in 118 countries, international students have greater accessibility and convenience when taking the PTE Academic test.
PTE Academic Acknowledged for Its Global Recognition
Andy Bird, CEO of Pearson, the organization behind PTE Academic, expressed his approval of the decision. He mentioned;
“The UK, Australian, and New Zealand governments already accept PTE Academic for all visa applications. PTE Academic is also accepted by thousands of universities across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, and the USA. PTE can be taken at more than 400 PTE centers in 118 countries.”
Pearson welcomes this approval as evidence of PTE Academic’s global recognition and the trust it has earned from academic institutions and immigration authorities worldwide.
In conclusion, the acceptance of PTE Academic for SDS applications in Canada simplifies and expedites the visa application process for international students. This decision reinforces Canada’s reputation as a preferred destination for quality education and highlights its commitment to attracting talented individuals from around the world.