Public health restrictions over the past two years have forced students out of the classroom and onto the internet. Now Canada is relaxing the rules for Express entry candidates who studied online during the pandemic.
Normally, online education does not count for Comprehensive filing system (CRS) if more than 50% of the program was followed remotely. But thanks to a new Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Express Entry candidates will now be eligible for Canadian degree points for programs completed online between March 2020 and August 2022.
The IRCC webpage indicates that the new measure applies to those who obtained a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate online during the eligibility period. These applicants may now be eligible for CRS points even if the program was entirely:
- completed online,
- from outside Canada, or
- through part-time studies.
IRCC also says affected applicants should update their Express Entry profile. Applicants in the pool may have already received a letter from IRCC notifying them of the change.
The letter says applicants who have claimed an education credential must update their profile by answering three questions in the education history section. The questions ask how much in-person study, study in Canada, and full-time study the candidate has completed in order to earn the credential. It indicates that if these fields remain incomplete, the candidate could see his CRS score drop.
The letter reads as follows:
This is to inform you that there has been changes to how Express Entry assesses Canadian educational credentials that may impact your Express Entry profile.
If you reported having a Canadian educational credential, you must update your profile by answering three new questions in the Education History section regarding number of in-person education/training, Canadian education/training, and full-time studies/training you completed to obtain the diploma. If these fields remain incomplete, your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) point score may drop and you may miss an opportunity to be invited to apply for permanent residence.
Please update your Express Entry profile before August 2, 2022 to ensure you have the best possible chance of being invited to apply for permanent residence in the next round of Express Entry invitations.
IRCC asks applicants to update their Express Entry profile by August 2 to ensure applicants have the best possible chance of receiving a Invitation to apply (ITA) in the next Express Entry draw. IRCC holds Express Entry draws approximately every two weeks, although there have been instances where this schedule has changed. The next Express Entry draw is scheduled for August 3.
IRCC has been holding draws for all programs since July 6, when a total of 1,500 Express Entry candidates have been invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
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