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Posted on August 26 2022

Canada distance learning measures will stay in place until August 31st, 2023 – IRCC

By Editor
Updated October 05 2023


Highlights of Canada distance learning measures

  • International students were able to pursue their education online during the pandemic, even if they were out of the country.
  • IRCC announced that the measures of distance learning will be continued till August 2023.
  • PGWP will not be impacted due to distance learning.

Abstract: IRCC has announced that the rules of distance learning would be followed till August 31, 2023.

International students who chose to study in Canada had the option to continue their course online, during the pandemic. They could study while living out of the country and were eligible for the Canada PGWP or post-graduation work permit.

IRCC or Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada announced on August 25, 2022, that distance learning measures be followed till August 31, 2023. It would give international students adequate time to return to Canada.

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New Measures Will Not Affect Canada PGWP

International students in Canada who have submitted an application for a study permit before August 31, 2022, will be able to continue to complete their entire program online, without hampering their eligibility for a PGWP. It facilitates international students to work in Canada.

Before the pandemic, students could complete at least 50 percent of their courses online. The time spent studying online, out of Canada was not considered part of their study program, thus affecting their PGWP eligibility.

The study program completed from outside Canada from September 1, 2023, will not be considered from their PGWP requirements, irrespective of when the course began.

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Details of the Revised Distance Learning Measures of Canada

The temporary extension of the distance learning policies will impact the students starting their courses from September 1, 2022, to August 31st, 2023. The following measures will apply:

  • A minimum of 50 percent of the credits awarded can be completed out of the country to be eligible for Canada PGWP.
  • Study programs completed online from out of Canada starting from September 1, 2023, will be not be considered for the eligibility of PGWP.

The government of Canada will give importance to study permit applications for international students starting their study program in September. Canada is a popular destination for studies for individuals wanting to study abroad.

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