Prepared by Shreeya A Pal; Shi Hui Yu; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on June 24, 2021

As of today, June 21, 2021, valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR; previously known as CPR) holders can complete their landing in Canada. The government of Canada has announced that individuals with valid COPR could travel to Canada to complete their landings.

Around 23,000 COPR were issued since the travel restrictions were imposed by the Canadian government. For those candidates whose COPR had expired, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that the department is working to reissue new COPRs to such applicants. Those who have been accepted to immigrate to Canada by IRCC are given a COPR. This indicates that the person has fulfilled the program’s requirements, paid their fees, and passed health, security, and criminality inspections. They can travel to Canada and start their new life in Canada once the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) approves and stamps their COPR. According to the Canadian government’s data, a total of 23,000 candidates who were issued COPR were unable to travel to Canada since the Canadian government announced coronavirus-related travel restrictions in March 2020.

Till date, those who had a valid COPR issued on or before March 18, 2020, were exempted from Canada’s Covid-19 travel restrictions. And, those who received COPR after March 18, 2020, could come to Canada only if they met one or the other travel restriction of Canada – like if the candidate is a resident of US, they could move to Canada permanently. IRCC will shortly post information on when and how to obtain new COPR, informed the Canada’s ministry of immigration.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the various travel restrictions that were imposed either by the government of Canada or the government of the applicant’s country of origin, many candidates have been unable to travel to Canada. This caused their COPRs to expire. But this DOES NOT mean that the candidates need to go through their immigration process again, as IRCC will be reissuing a new and valid COPR to enable them to enter Canada. The candidates holding a valid COPR will have to follow the travel rules like quarantine for 14 days, however, the candidates who are fully vaccinated (that is, those who have taken both the vaccine shots) will be exempt from the standard 14 days quarantine requirement, announced the federal government.

What is Confirmation Of permanent Residence (COPR)?

The COPR is a document that a new permanent resident receives from the IRCC before the candidate lands in Canada. An immigration officer at the port of entry [a Canadian airport, harbor, or land border crossing] signs and dates this document when permanent residence is finally granted. The COPR document is valid for up to one year (364 calendar days) from its date of issue. The COPR is tied to the passport of the candidate and their immigration medical examination report.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to find a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.

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