Canada Allows Distance Learning Students to Apply For PR Through Express Entry | Process, Date, Other Details Here


As we previously reported, the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) has relaxed the Express Entry rules for those who have opted for distance learning over the last two years (during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Distance learning usually does not count for Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points if 50 per cent of the programme is completed online.

However, candidates who completed their education through distance education between March 2020 and August 2022, will now be eligible for Canadian educational credential points.

However, given the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a one-time measure.


In this article, we will discuss the latest update issued by the IRCC, as well as the process, date, and other details for students applying for PR through Express Entry.

IRCC Issues Update

The IRCC on its official website issues an update regarding the relaxation for students and said;

If you earned a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate and completed any part of your program of study or training between March 2020 and August 2022, you’re now eligible for Canadian educational credential points even if you completed the program entirely

  • through distance learning;
  • from outside Canada; or
  • through part-time studies.

The IRCC also advises candidates to update their Express Entry profiles by August 2 in order to benefit from a new metric that awards points for online, out-of-country, and part-time studies. They ensure the best possible chance of being invited to apply through Express Entry by updating their profile.


Who Are Eligible For CRS Points?

According to the IRCC, Candidates who meet the following criteria are eligible for CRS points:

  • Candidates who completed their course online
  • Candidates who completed their course from outside Canada
  • Candidates who completed their course through part-time studies

Rules And Regulations

Candidates who have claimed an education credential should also update their profile by answering three questions in the education history section, according to IRCC.

Candidates must respond to the following questions:

  • How much in-person study did the candidate complete in order to get the credential?
  • How much study does the candidate complete in Canada?
  • How much full-time studying did the candidate complete?

Comprehensive Ranking System

The Comprehensive Ranking System, developed by IRCC, is used to rank candidates in the pool (CRS). They choose the top candidates from the pool and invite them to apply for permanent residence.

Each invitation round has a set of instructions that are:

  • posted online at the time of the invitation round
  • used by the Express Entry system to invite candidates from the pool

The instructions include:

  • the date and time of the invitation round
  • the number of candidates that will get an invitation to apply
  • which immigration program(s) are included in the round (some invitation rounds may only invite candidates for 1 program, for example only from Federal Skilled Trades)

Check your score and then use this information to see how likely you are to get an invitation to the next round.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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