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Posted on July 30 2022

Canada PR eligibility won’t suffer for online course completion; Here’s why

By Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Highlights of relaxed policies of Express Entry eligibility criteria

  • Conditional Canada PR eligibility is granted to foreign students who had to complete a course with a Canadian university online.
  • Students who completed the course between March 2020 and August 2022 to get Canadian educational credential points under CRS.
  • Canada PR visa candidates have time till August 2, 2022, to update their profiles.

Here’s great news for international students. It’s for those who enrolled in a Canadian university but had to complete the course online between March 2020 and August 2022.

Good news for international students in Canada

The Canadian government has relaxed Canada immigration rules, in support of international students affected by COVID-19. Canada has granted international students PR eligibility if they were forced to complete their course with a Canadian university online after enrolment due to the pandemic.

As per Canada immigration rules, you will have no eligibility for Canadian educational credential points if more than 50% of your course was completed through distance learning. It includes online learning too.

Also read: Canada Express Entry reforms to bring major changes in early 2023

These points are an important part of Canada PR eligibility for international students who wish to migrate to Canada. As per the new decision, if a foreign student has completed a study program online between March 2020 and August 2022, IRCC will accept such tenure of study. Such students will be granted points for their studies while calculating their CRS score in the Express Entry system.

Know your eligibility to immigrate to Canada through Y-Axis Canada Immigration Points Calculator.

You can be eligible for CRS points in the following cases:

  • Your study program was completed online
  • You completed your studies from outside Canada
  • You did the course as part-time

Attention students!

IRCC has asked foreign students to update their Express Entry profiles before August 2, 2022. Thus, they can have the best possible opportunity to receive an ITA (invitation to apply) for Canada PR in an upcoming Express Entry draw.

Also read: Canada is the only country to have three cities in the top ten – Global Livability Index (GLI) 2022

If you are willing to migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the leading immigration and career consultant in the UAE.

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