Prepared by Shreeya A Pal; Shi Hui Yu; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on August 27, 2022

During the epidemic, steps were put in place to let overseas students to study online from abroad while still being eligible for a post-graduation work visa (PGWP). As the start of the new school year approaches, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada is putting in place a transition period for these policies. Distance learning measures have been extended until August 31, 2023, following negotiations with provinces, territories, and education stakeholders. However, their scope is being reduced. We urge international students to return to Canada as we return to pre-pandemic requirements.

A transition period is offered for people who may require it. International students studying online from overseas or who apply for a study visa by August 31, 2022, will be permitted to finish up to 100% of their programme online without jeopardising their PGWP eligibility. However, regardless of when a student began their education, study hours performed from abroad beginning on September 1, 2023, will be removed from the term of their post-graduation work visa.

Temporary distance learning measures will be extended for students entering programmes between September 1, 2022, and August 31, 2023. These specific steps will be implemented:

  1. To be eligible for a PGWP, no more than 50% of the credits earned can be completed outside of Canada.
  2. Beginning September 1, 2023, studies undertaken online from outside Canada will be subtracted from the length of a future PGWP.



With unprecedented international interest in Canada, the agency continues to raise the bar for immigration processing. Responding to humanitarian emergencies and updating old technology to meet demand, on the other hand, has resulted in processing delays and lengthier wait periods. IRCC’s priority is to reduce current backlogs, especially those for student visas. Nonetheless, despite prioritising study permit applications for students starting in September, some overseas students may not get their application finalised in time to begin their studies in person for the autumn 2022 intake season.

At the height of the epidemic, steps were put in place to help overseas students and Canada’s international education industry deal with the effect of travel and health restrictions. These measures enabled overseas students to finish up to 100% of their programme online from outside of Canada without jeopardising their eligibility for a possible road to permanent residency. Prior to the pandemic, students were only obliged to finish 50% of their degree online, and time spent studying online from outside Canada was subtracted from the length of their PGWP.

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