IRCC Distance Learning

IRCC Extended Distance Learning Measures Until August 2023

On August 25, IRCC announced that distance learning measures are extended to August 31, 2023, but are being reduced in scope. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has established a transition period for international students studying outside Canada to adjust to the pre-pandemic requirements. 

International students studying abroad or who have submitted their study permit application by August 31, 2022, can now complete 100% of their program online. With no effect on their PGWP eligibility. 

However, studies completed abroad starting September 1, 2023, will be deducted from the length of their post-graduation work permit, regardless of when a student began their studies. 



The Extended Distance Learning Measures For International Students 

The temporary distance learning measures will impact those beginning programs from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023. These measures include:

  1. Only 50% of the earned credits can be completed outside Canada to remain eligible for a PGWP.
  2. Starting on September 1, 2023, studies completed online from outside Canada will be deducted from the length of a future PGWP.

The transitional period is to help international students transition back to pre-pandemic requirements, which is to complete not more than 50% of their studies online. 

Reasons For Processing Delays And Distance Learning Extension 

IRCC further explained longer processing delays are due to Canada’s initiative to respond to humanitarian crises. In addition to updating aging technology. 

Despite their efforts to prioritize study permit applications for fall intake, IRCC recognizes that many applications may still be processed on time to begin studies in person for the fall 2022 intake. 

Therefore, IRCC is extending temporary distance learning measures to accommodate students still waiting on their study permit applications. As well as provide sufficient time for students studying abroad to return to Canada. Eventually, transition to the pre-pandemic requirements. 

The distance learning measures were put in place to lessen the effects of travel and health restrictions on international students. These measures allowed international students to finish their program 100% online without affecting their eligibility for a potential pathway to permanent residence. 

Source: IRCC


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