What is SPP category and its criteria, documents required and the list of colleges under SPP category?

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What is SPP category?

SPP stands for Student Partners Program is a partnership project launched in April 2009 between Citizenship & Immigration Canada’s (CIC) visa offices in India, and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) started for Indian nationals aspiring to Study in Canada. SPP (Student Partners Program) was launched with the intention for Indian students to make the admission & visa process streamline for 47 Canadian Community Colleges, thereby increasing the number of visas issued to the Indian students. The purpose of SPP is making the processing of the student visa faster and easier with minimal documentation work.

SPP (Student Partners Program) was initially opened for only Indian nationals, but with the tremendous success, this program was extended for China nationals as well. Under SPP, 47 Canadian colleges are listed, applications under this program receive prompt processing and a fair decision based on the documents submitted by the students. If the students meet the eligibility criteria under the SPP colleges, then the admission/ offer letter is issued under the SPP program.

The students have to apply to the 47 colleges individually not to the SPP as a whole, and if they meet the criteria of the participating colleges, they are considered under the SPP program. Students who had a previous student visa refusal from any of the Canadian colleges are not eligible to apply under the SPP program.


Eligibility Criteria to apply under SPP category:

Criteria after 12th-grade:

  • The student should have an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band lower than 5.5
  • The student should have minimum 60% or higher in 12th grade
  • A Study gap of not more than one year is allowed
  • The course applied must be relevant to the student’s previous study background and must add value to the previous education
  • Colleges applied should fall under the current list of participating colleges under SPP program
  • Purchase of GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) from Nova Scotia or Canada ICICI bank of CAD 10,000 is required to cover the living expenses for the first year in Canada

Criteria after graduation:

  • The student should have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no individual band lower than 6.0
  • The student should have minimum 55% or higher in graduation
  • A Study gap of not more than one year is allowed
  • The course applied must be relevant to the student’s previous study background and must add value to the previous education
  • Colleges applied should fall under the current list of participating colleges under SPP program
  • Purchase of GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) from Nova Scotia or Canada ICICI bank of CAD 10,000 is required to cover the living expenses for the first year in Canada

Documents required to apply under SPP category are as follows:

  • All academic documents such as 10th, 12th, Diploma, Graduation, Post-Graduation – DMC of individual semester/ year, Degree/ Provisional degree, Fail mark sheet (if applicable)
  • Work experience documents such as:
  • Appointment letter/ Promotion letter/ ID cards
  • ITR’s (Income tax receipts). Salary slips, Salary account statement, Salary certificate.
  • Reference letter
  • Experience letter
  • Back log certificates (if applicable).
  • English Proficiency Test Certificate:
  • IELTS
  • PTE
  • Original, valid passport
  • Passport size photographs

The current list of participating colleges under SPP program is the following:

Under SPP program Canada, 47 Canadian colleges are listed which welcome Indian students. This program is specially designed for Indian students aspiring to study in Canada. Students must meet several requirements of the participating colleges to get a visa. The Canadian government has appointed few selected colleges to get admission under SPP Program Canada.

  • 1. Algonquin College
  • 2. Assiniboine Community College
  • 3. Bow Valley College
  • 4. Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • 5. Camosun College
  • 6. Canadore College
  • 7. Centennial College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • 8. College of New Caledonia
  • 9. College of the Rockies
  • 10. Columbia College
  • 11. Conestoga College
  • 12. Confederation College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • 13. Douglas College
  • 14. Durham College
  • 15. Fanshawe College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • 16. Fleming College
  • 17. George Brown College
  • 18. Georgian College of Arts & Technology
  • 19. Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  • 20. Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • 21. Lakeland College
  • 22. Langara College
  • 23. Lambton College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • 24. LaSalle College
  • 25. Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • 26. Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology
  • 27. Medicine Hat College
  • 28. Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • 29. Niagara College
  • 30. North Island College
  • 31. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • 32. Northern College
  • 33. Northern Lights
  • 34. Nor Quest College
  • 35. Okanagan College
  • 36. Parkland College
  • 37. Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology
  • 38. Saskatchewan Polytechnic
  • 39. Sault College
  • 40. Selkirk College
  • 41. Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • 42. Sheridan College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  • 43. St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology
  • 44. St. Lawrence College
  • 45. University of the Fraser Valley
  • 46. Vancouver Community College
  • 47. Vancouver Island University

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