Permanent Residence In Canada
When you first arrive in Canada, you are given a document that is called a “Confirmation of residency.” Usually, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada gives it to you (IRCC).
This article will explain what it means to confirm permanent residence and what it is all about.
(COPR) form is usually used to show proof of permanent residence. This is given to you to show that you have a permanent place to live. According to a short history, this form took the place of the old landing paper IMM 1000 a few years ago. The following information is usually part of a confirmation of permanent residence;
- Name, birth date, gender, and country of citizenship
- Number of the application, number of the document, and UCI.
- Information about the person applying.
- Other information about the application, like the date it was issued and the type.
- Other information about the applicant, such as the sponsor’s information, medical information, etc.
If you apply for PR from outside of Canada, you will get a form called “Confirmation of Permanent Residence.” Then, you’ll need to take the form to the port of entry, where it will be checked.
But if you apply for PR while you are in Canada, you will get an eCOPR, and you won’t have to validate your PR.
Is Confirmation of Permanent Residence different from a Permanent Resident Card?
Confirmation of permanent residence only shows the date you moved to Canada to live there permanently. So, a permanent residence card shows that you are still a permanent resident.
You can travel to Canada with your permanent residency card, but if you are not in Canada and your PR card expires, you will need a special permanent residence card (PRTD) to get back to Canada. Even if you lost your PR, you will still need a PRTD to go back.
Can your proof of permanent residence help you when you go somewhere?
You can’t use your COOR to go to Canada. That means that your confirmation of permanent residence form can only help you verify your status, especially when you are applying for a PR card.
But your form that says you are a permanent resident won’t help you get to Canada.
Why do you need proof that you live there permanently?
Keep your confirmation of permanent residence document in a safe place. If you want to become a Canadian citizen, you will need it to apply for citizenship.
So, to prove that you are a PR in Canada, you will need your COPR. So, now you know why you need your COPR. If you want to become a Canadian citizen, it will help you in the long run.
How do I get my COPR?
You can’t get a copy of your COPR, that’s the truth. So, instead, you need to apply for something called a “Verification of Status” (VOS).
When this form comes out, it has the same information as your COPR. Also, if you lose your proof of permanent residence, you can’t get a new one. But you can still get a VOS instead.
How long does it take to get your PR card after proving that you live there?
The first thing you should do when you get to Canada is send the immigration office your home or mailing address. Then, as soon as your mailing address is received, your PR card will be sent to you.
But if you don’t send your COPR to your mailing address within 180 days of arriving in Canada, you will have to apply for a new one, which will take well over 3 months to arrive.
So, if you arrive in Canada and give the immigration office your mailing address, but your PR card doesn’t arrive within 180 days, you will have to apply for a new one.
How do you prove that your proof of permanent residence is real?
At any time, you can check online at the permanent residence portal to make sure that you have permanent residency. You will get an email about your portal for permanent residence.
You can always respond to the email by saying that you are in Canada, confirming your mailing address, and sending a recent photo of yourself from your passport that will be used for your PR card.
So, a separate account will be made for you at the permanent residence portal and sent to your email with your account information. Once your information has been approved, you will be sent your PR card.
Does IRCC give out documents that confirm permanent residence?
Your confirmation of permanent residence documents are usually given to you so that you can have proof that you are a permanent resident. These documents include the date you arrived in Canada.
So, if you live outside of Canada, you might get your COPR documents before you travel to Canada. This would be checked by the officer at the port of entry to make sure that all the requirements are met.
What does it mean when the confirmation of permanent residence says “Immigration”?
When you get a confirmation that you have permanent residency in Canada, an immigration officer at the port of entry signs and dates the document.
This document is used to show territorial and provincial organizations how to get different kinds of services. This is how the immigration category is written on the form;
- A different type of application
- RHB: Rehabilitation
- SV: Verification of Status
- ARC: Permission to go back to Canada
- PRTD: Permanent resident travel document
- Temporary Resident Permit, or TRP.
- Class for family applications
- How to apply to be a refugee
- Permanent Residence (PR)
- Economic application class
- A different type of application
How long can you use your COPR?
If you get a confirmation of permanent residence, it is good for about a year after your application is approved. And it can’t be changed unless something like COVID-19 happens. So, you should plan to use your COPR as soon as possible before it runs out.
One Last Thing
A form called “Confirmation of Permanent Residence” is given to you when you move to Canada. Now that you know how to apply for one, get your COPR as soon as possible because it is very important.
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