Recommended by the IRCC, Express Entry candidates can update their profiles to enjoy benefits from a new measure to count online, out of Canada, and part-time studies for Express Entry points!
We all know how Covid-19 took a toll on our lifestyle. Several public health restrictions were introduced that affected students by forcing them on the internet instead of classrooms. After almost two years, Canada is finally relaxing these restrictions for Express Entry candidates who took their classes online throughout the pandemic.
Online education would normally not count for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, given that more than 50% of the course was completed online via distance learning. But in a change of events, an update released by the IRCC, all Express Entry candidates will be eligible for Canadian educational credential points for any courses or programs finished via distance learning between March 2020 to August 2022.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) webpage state that anybody who completed a degree, certificate or diploma course between the stated period (Mar 2020-Aug 2022) will now be eligible for CRS points. This update is valid even if the program was:
- Completed online,
- Completed from outside Canada, or
- Completed through part-time studies
However, IRCC states that all eligible students need to update their Express Entry profile to benefit from this new update. IRCC has notified all eligible candidates through a letter stating the new advancements. The letter sent to all eligible Express Entry candidates states that students who have achieved an educational credential via distance learning should update their profiles by answering three questions in the education history section. These questions are concerned with the amount of in-person study, a study in the country, and full-time study did an IRCC Express Entry candidate perform to acclaim their education credential. Under any circumstances, if these fields are not accurately filled out by the Express Entry point candidate or left incomplete, they could see their CRS score drop.
The letter sent to every eligible candidate reads as follows:
‘This is to notify you that there have been changes to how Express Entry evaluates Canadian education credentials that may impact your Express Entry profile.
If you have claimed to have a Canadian educational credential, you should update your profile by answering three new questions in the Education History section about the amount of in-person study/training, study/training in Canada and full-time study/training you completed to obtain the credential. If these fields remain incomplete, your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points score may drop, and you could miss an opportunity to be invited to apply for permanent residence.’
It is highly recommended to update your Express Entry profile to have the best possible chance of being invited to apply for permanent residence in the next round of invitations for the latest draw for express entry!
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