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Know About Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) Canada

Last Updated On 7 September 2023, 10:06 AM EDT (Toronto Time)

A Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) is a piece of paper that shows your application for permanent residency in Canada has been approved by the IRCC.

However, it is not a ticket or a travel document. Individuals or families with COPR still need to finish the process of becoming permanent residents and get their permanent resident card.

When do you get Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)?

Canada applicants get COPR after applying for permanent residence through one of the immigration programs, such as Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program, Family Sponsorship, etc.

You must have submitted your application online or by mail, paid all the applicable fees, and submit all the papers and details (if asked by IRCC).

If your application is accepted, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will send you a welcome message with directions on how to confirm your permanent residence online.

You will need to make an account on the IRCC website and submit a copy of your passport or other travel document, a photo of yourself, and your present address in Canada or abroad.

After you agree online, IRCC will send you an email with a COPR document. You should write it down and put it somewhere safe.

You will need it later to finish the process of becoming a permanent resident and get your card. What to do when you get COPR?

If you are outside Canada

To get into Canada, though, you also need a legal visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA if you are from one of the eligible countries).

Once your permanent residency application is approved outside Canada, you get Canadian visa stamped on your passport.

When you get to Canada, you will need to show the border services agent your COPR paper and your passport or other travel document.

The officer will look at your papers and ask you some questions to make sure you are who you say you are and that you are eligible.

If everything is fine, the officer will stamp your paperwork and welcome you to Canada.

Your COPR paper is good until the date on it runs out or until the date on your visa runs out, whichever comes first.

Before your COPR ends, you should try to go to Canada. If you can’t use it before it ends, you’ll have to explain to IRCC why didn’t you travel within prescribed timeframe.

They may ask you to reapply or ask you to get a new COPR.

If you are inside Canada

You don’t need to move outside Canada to finish your landing process. You can do it on the website for the IRCC.

You will need to submit a copy of your COPR document and a picture of yourself. The IRCC will look at your papers and confirm that you are a permanent resident.

What’s the next step?

You will become a permanent resident of Canada once you prove your permanent residence online or at the port of entry.

This means that you have the right to live, work, study, and get health care and social benefits in Canada.

You also have to do things like pay taxes, follow the law, accept Canadian values and society, and so on.

Furthermore, you will be eligible for free employment and settlement services for newcomers to help you set up for success in Canada.

You will also get a permanent resident card in the mail within 90 days of entering Canada as a permanent resident.

Your permanent resident card is a legal document that shows who you are and what your standing is in Canada.

You should put it somewhere safe and always bring it with you when you go outside of Canada.

You can also apply to become a Canadian citizen after staying there as a regular resident for at least three years.

When you become a Canadian citizen, you get more rights and perks, like being able to vote, run for office, hold a Canadian visa, and so on.

What is COPR?

COPR is very important piece of paper that shows you have been approved to become permanent resident of Canada.

You need to to prove your status online or at the border to get your permanent resident card.


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