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Canada temporarily allowing online courses to gain Express Entry points

The IRCC advises Express Entry applicants to update their profiles by August 2 in order to take advantage of a new measure that will award points for part-time, online, and outside of Canada study.

Over the past two years, public health limitations have compelled pupils to leave the classroom and use the internet instead. Canada is already easing regulations for Express Entry applicants who took online courses during the pandemic.

Normally, if more than 50% of the program was completed through distance learning; online education does not credit for Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. However, Express Entry candidates will now be qualified for Canadian educational credential points for courses finished online between March 2020 and August 2022 owing to a recent Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) upgrade.

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Those who obtained a Canadian degree, diploma, or certificate online during the eligible period, according to the IRCC website, are subject to the new regulation. These applicants might now qualify for CRS points even if they finished the program

  • Completely online,
  • From outside of Canada, or
  • While attending part-time classes

Additionally, according to IRCC, qualified applicants must update their Express Entry profile. Applicants in the pool may currently know about the change since they got a letter from IRCC educating them regarding it.

According to the letter, applicants who have listed an educational qualification should update their profile by responding to three questions in the area of their educational background. To acquire the authentication, the inquiries ask concerning how much in-person guidance, guidance in Canada, and full-time guidance the applicant achieved. It states that the candidate's CRS score may decrease if these fields are left blank.

This is how the letter is written:

This is to inform you that your Express Entry profile may be impacted by changes to the way Canada Express Entry analyses Canadian educational credentials.

If you previously stated that you held a Canadian educational credential, you should update your profile by responding to three new questions in the Education History section about the amount of on-site training you underwent, the amount of training you received in Canada, and the amount of full-time training you underwent to earn the credential. You risk losing points on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and losing the chance to be invited to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence if these fields are left blank.

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

To give candidates the best opportunity to be invited to apply (ITA) in the upcoming Canada Express Entry draw, IRCC requests that candidates update their Canada Express Entry profiles by August 2. Every two weeks or so, on average, IRCC holds Canada Express Entry draws, however, there have been times when this timetable has changed. On August 3, the following Canada Express Entry draw is anticipated.

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