SPP and non SPP Visa Requirements to Study in Canada

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Piyush Kohli
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Updated on May 31, 2022 16:06 IST

SPP and non SPP visa requirements to study in Canada

Note: The Student Partners Program (SPP) has been recently replaced by the Student Direct Stream (SDS) program in India.

When you apply to Canadian colleges, you have the option of either applying through SPP or not. SPP's full form is Student Partners Program. Even the colleges participating in the SPP program accept non-SPP applications. The main difference between these two applications is the number of documents required for visa processing. There can be many reasons for not applying through SPP, as it is not the only acceptable way to getting admission to Canadian universities. Here are the differences between documents for both SPP and non-SPP application process.

Student Partnership Program (SPP)

SPP is an arrangement between selected Canadian colleges and Canadian High Commission in India to provide quick and easy study visa for the prospective students. The visa processing is easier and quicker under SPP and you have to show fewer documents.

Documents required for SPP visa application

  • Letter of Acceptance from participating colleges under SPP
  • IELTS score sheet with at least an overall band of 6.0 for undergraduate courses and an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 for post graduate programs
  • 12th-grade mark sheet with at least above 55% score for undergraduate programs
  • Bachelor's degree or three to four years of Advance Diploma with minimum 50% or above, is required for post graduate courses
  • Proof of work experience
  • Proof of payment of Tuition Fee
  • Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of $10,000 for living expenses
  • Medical test results conducted only by approved panel doctors
  • Visa fee of CAD 150

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General (Non-SPP)

You have to option of applying for non-SPP visa application, where required documents and visa process will be different as more detailed documents are required. The reason behind this is to solidly prove financial stability and the source of income. You can apply to colleges participating in SPP program through the non-SPP application.

The main difference between SPP and non-SPP application is the requirement of more detailed proof of funds. Under non-SPP application, Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) is not compulsory. Savings in the bank, other investments, and education loan are all considered part of financial funds. However, documents required under non-SPP are relatively more.

Documents required for non-SPP visa application

  • Letter of Acceptance from College
  • IELTS score sheet with at least an overall band of 6.0 for undergraduate courses and an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 for post graduate programs
  • 12th Grade mark sheet for undergraduate programs
  • Bachelor's degree or three to four years of Advance Diploma with minimum 50% or above, is required for post graduate courses
  • Proof of work experience, along with pay slips of last 3 months
  • Proof of payment of Tuition Fee
  • Proof of funds to support living expenses - bank savings, investments, education loan etc.
  • Form 16 or Income tax return documents of either the student or sponsor are the acceptable proof of income
  • Medical test results conducted only by approved panel doctors
  • Visa fee of CAD 150
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raju pendyala

34 mins ago

Hi, I have applied study visa with toefl ibt home edition under non-sds And i got refusal for two times.so can i re-apply again with same toefl score/

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Mitul Darji

5 months ago

If i secured the admission in canada college with fulfill their requirements than what are the chances for visa approval?
I got LOA from dli listed college
I have ielts score overall 6 no less than 5.5 in two modules.

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

4 months ago

Hi Mitul, if you secure admission in a recognized university/college then you can apply for a Canada student visa. However, make sure you meet other student visa requirements.

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Jasmine

7 months ago

Can we apply for university of montreal in non sds category?

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yash arya

9 months ago

Hello,
Am i eligible for Canada student visa as i got overall 90+ in toefl home edition. Additionally my university website considering toefl 85+. But still i am confused in non spp/non sds toefl is accepted or not.

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hi Yash, if the university is accepting TOEFL score then you can go with this exam score. Also, if you secure admission in a recognized school then you are eligible to apply for a Canada student visa.

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Yukti Chhibber

10 months ago

Sir i got overall 6.5 band with 5.5 in reading, 8.5in listening, 6.5 in speaking,and 6 in writing
If I get my offer letter for undergraduate diploma course and i have enough fund to show will i get visa acceptance
Even i have 70% marks in 12th standard
And more than 61% approx in 10th Standard

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hi Yukti, if you have already secured admission then you can apply for the student visa.

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