Canada will grant Express Entry points for distant learning?


Due to restrictions on public health for the past two years, students have had to leave the classroom and utilise the internet instead. For Express Entry candidates who attended online courses during the pandemic, Canada has already loosened rules.


Generally, if more than 50% of the programme was completed through distant learning, online education does not credit for Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. However, thanks to a new Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) improvement, Express Entry candidates will now be eligible for Canadian educational credential points for courses completed online between March 2020 and August 2022.


The new rule applies to anybody who received a Canadian degree, diploma, or certificate online during the qualifying period, according to the IRCC website. Now, even if the programme was entirely: These applicants might be qualified for CRS points.

  • completed online,
  • from outside Canada, or
  • through part-time studies.

Qualified applicants must also update their Express Entry profile, according to IRCC. Because they received a letter from IRCC alerting them of the change, candidates in the pool may already be aware of it.


The mail instructs applicants who have mentioned a degree or diploma to improve their profile by answering three questions about their educational background. The questions ask how much in-person teaching, instruction in Canada, and full-time instruction the candidate completed in order to receive the certificate. It states that if certain fields are left empty, the candidate’s CRS score can go down.


To give yourself the best chance of being called to apply for permanent residence during the following Express Entry round of invites, please update your Express Entry profile by August 2, 2022.


Candidates must update their Express Entry profiles by August 2 in order to have the best chance of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) in the upcoming Express Entry lottery, according to the IRCC. The IRCC typically runs Express Entry draws every two weeks, however this schedule has occasionally modified. The upcoming Express Entry draw is scheduled on August 3.


IRCC has been conducting all-program draws since July 6, when 1,500 Express Entry candidates were granted the chance to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence.

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