IRCC Creates Transition Period For Distance Learning Measures

Creates Transition Period For Distance

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Students from other countries were permitted to continue their education online even if they were residing outside the country during the epidemic. They continued to be eligible for post-graduation work permits (PGWP).

To provide overseas students with sufficient time to relocate to Canada, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stated on August 25 that distance learning measures will continue to be applied until August 31 in the year 2023.

Students from other countries who are already studying in another country or who submit an application for a study permit before August 31, 2022, will be able to continue completing up to one hundred percent of their program online without having their PGWP eligibility affected.

Before the pandemic, students were expected to finish no more than half of their coursework online, and the amount of time they spent studying online from outside of Canada counted against the total amount of time they had to spend on their PGWP.

In addition, beginning on September 1, 2023, the length of their PGWP will be reduced by the number of days spent studying abroad, regardless of when those studies began.

Students who begin their programs between September 1, 2022, and August 31, 2023, will be impacted by the prolongation of the temporary measures for distance learning. These rules and regulations will apply:

  • For a student to continue to be eligible for a PGWP, they cannot obtain more than fifty percent of their credits outside of Canada.
  • After September 1, 2023, the number of days necessary to complete a PGWP will be reduced by the number of online studies completed from a location outside Canada.

Even though the Canadian government will give applications for study permits to students who will begin their studies in September higher priority, there is still a possibility that some international students will not have their applications processed in time for them to begin their studies in person during the fall 2022 intake period.

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