According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) webpage, candidates who completed their education online or opted for a distance learning module during the pandemic are eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residency through Express Entry. However, only recently, the Canadian immigration minister, Sean Fraser tweeted about Express Entry Draws Resumed to Fill Job Vacancies.
The new policy only applies to candidates who obtained a diploma, degree, or online certifications from Canadian universitiesduring the eligibility period, as per the IRCC website. This is only a one-time measure allowing applicants to apply for PR who were at a disadvantage during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Generally, if 50% of any degree programme is completed online, it is considered distance learning and it does not credit toward the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). However, according to a recent change from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), candidates who finished their study online or through distance learning from March 2020 to August 2022 will now be qualified for Canadian educational credential points.
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Eligibility to Apply for Canadian PR
For 2022, the following applicants can qualify for CRS points:
Candidates who have obtained their degree from a foreign country (apart from Canada).
Candidates who have completedtheir studies online from an international university.
Candidates who have finished their course of study while taking part-time jobs.
Rules and Regulations to Apply for Canadian PR
The IRCC also advised applicants who had already claimed a degree or certification to update their profiles by responding to three questions in the section on educational background. The three questions are as follows:
How many academic credits did the candidate get in Canada?
How much in-person study did the applicant undergo to earn the certification?
How much full-time education did the applicant obtain?
It should be noted that if specific fields are left blank, a candidate's Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points score may decrease. They may lose out on being invited to submit an application for permanent residency, as per the IRCC website.
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Candidates should mention the overall training they have received while studying in Canada, and the amount of full-time training they underwent to earn the credential.
A deadline of August 2, 2022was also set by IRCC for students to update their Express Entry profiles.
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