Mr. George Goldman, Jan 15 2017, has very aptly explained the outline procedure. It is evident that Mr. George Goldman is an expert. You may do well to follow to these knowledgeable comments. With his permission, I wish to add just a tiny bit more.SDS (Student Direct Stream) Rules. Effective June 2018, in four countries i.e. India, Philippines, China, and Vietnam Canadian Govt has replaced erstwhile SPP Rules for grant of Study Permit with new SDS Rules to deal expeditiously (45 days as compared to about 60 days earlier) First, you ought to understand that there is no special application format for an application for Study permit under currently valid SDS or the General Category applicants.You put in your application online through IRCC website or paper submission at VFS offices for Canada, and, if your application meets the criteria for SDS stream the Visa granting authority deals with your application under SDS Rules. Else, your application is automatically processed under General Category. To this extent, whether your application is to be considered under either the new SDS Rules or as General Category will be decided on criteria match by the Visa granting authority.Basic Requirements SDS. For An Applicant to be considered under SDS, he must meet following criteria:Valid Academic qualification. As far as feasible, the Course that you apply for higher studies in Canada should be a logical extension of your academic qualification.Medical at least 7 days prior to lodging of application online or in paper form. Obviously so that the medical is available when your application is reviewed.Proof of Financial Support. Upfront one year (2 semesters) tuition fee paid to the education provider for admission in a full-time program in a publicly-funded College or University. Let’s assume your course of proposed study is only one year. You have still to deposit One Year tuition fee (2 semesters) fee upfront. Similarly, if your course of proposed study is two years or for that matter three years, you have still to deposit One Year tuition fee (2 semesters) upfront. You have to attach proof of this upfront one year fee payments.Proof of Acceptance. A valid Unconditional letter of acceptance from the chosen publicly-funded College or University. for admission in a full-time program. This is sometimes referred as Letter of Offer.Proof of Financial Support. A Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of 10000 CAD (Canadian Dollars) To the best of my knowledge, there are two banks that issue GIC - Scotia Bank & ICICI Canada. Advantage is after obtaining GIC, you DO NOT HAVE TO ATTACH ANY OTHER FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS as proof of financial worthiness.Letter of Explanation. A Statement of Purpose. This is a personalised write up without any laid down format. I consider this to be vital. Be truthful. The thrust should be three fold. First, a small introduction of your family & academic background. Here you will endeavour to prove that you have reasons to fall back to your home country after your studies in Canada. These could be need to manage properties, look after aged members, ethical reasons to do good for your roots, ample opportunities available in your home country after international standard studies & experience in Canada coupled with your base qualifications. Second, highlight the fact that your proposed study program is a logical extension of your basic qualifications & your desire to specialise in a chosen field based on your cherished desire, inclination and the trend in your home country. Third, a short conclusion stating that you have met all the criteria laid down for for Student Direct Entry (SDS) & as susuch a request that you may kindly be considered in this stream.A valid Passport. Remember, the expiry date of your granted Study Visa will be determined your date of culmination of proposed study program or the expiry date of your Passport, whichever is earlier. At the cost of trying your patience, here is an example. Assume that your proposed study program ends 30 June 2021, but your passport expires o 01 January 2021. In this case in point, you will be granted Study Permit only expiring on 01 January 2021. In this case, as a first step while pursuing your studies in Canada, on line or through authorised private agency, you will have to apply to your Embassy / High Commission in Canada for issuance of a new passport (Along with your new Passport, you will be permitted to retain your old Passport also, as it contains vital Study Permit & travel details) Indian Passport Laws permit a bonafide student to apply for a new Passport anywhere within 3 years of its given expiry date. Issuance of New Passport may take up to 30 days. In the given example, second step for you will be to apply on line or through authorised private agency to the Canadian Immi in Canada extension of your Study Permit up to the date of culmination of your proposed study program.This may take about 5 - 6 weeks. Both these steps are permissible. But, all this tension and effort can be avoided simply by ensuring, if possible, that your Passport expiry date is well beyond the end date of your proposed study program.Check provincial guidelines. These would vary in certain cases e.g. for Quebec.Other Documents As Listed by Canadian Immi. Required to be attached with an application for Study Permit. For example, but not limited to, additional Proof of Identity, Photographs, additional Proof of Birth, if required, scholarship if applicable, any other relevant correspondence with education provider etc.