The Confirmation of Permanent Residence Canada is a document given to immigrants on approval of their Canadian permanent residence status. It is a required document usually signed by an immigration officer or the IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) that shows proof of your status when immigrating to Canada.
That being said, this article has every detail you need to know concerning the Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada, including:
- All the necessary information contained in a COPR (Confirmation of Permanent Residence Canada) document
- How to get a replacement for your COPR document?
- And lots more…
Why Do I Need a COPR Document in Canada?
Your Confirmation of Permanent Residence Canada is really valuable that should be kept in a safe place. This is because it will also be needed whenever you want to apply for Canadian citizenship.
Not only is your COPR document proof of your Canadian status, but the Confirmation of Permanent Residence Canada can also be pretty helpful should in case you misplace your Canadian PR card or have failed to renew it; the COPR document can come in really handy to prove your permanent residence in Canada.
It can also be used in the process of collecting your Old Age Security as proof of the exact time and date of your landing in Canada.
But in general, you will need a COPR document to show to provincial and territorial organizations in Canada in order to have access to certain services within the country; thus, the Confirmation of Permanent Residence Canada is issued to immigrants to show proof of their entry to the country as a permanent resident, recording the exact time and date of their arrival.
Immigrants outside of Canada will often be issued this document prior to their travel to Canada because it would be reviewed by the immigration officer or IRCC at their port of entry… And if you’re already in Canada, your COPR document will be issued to you before you land in Canada.
If neither of these options applies to you, then your Confirmation of Permanent Residence Canada will be issued to you at your port of entry.
What are the Necessary Information in a Confirmation of Permanent Residence Canada Document?
Every COPR document contains all the necessary information about its respective immigrant, and also information that relates to his or her IRCC application.
The COPR you were issued when you came to Canada contains information that identifies it as a unique document, information related to your IRCC application, information about you and so forth.
The information below information is included on the IMM 5292 (the IMM 5688 may be slightly different):
The top of the document contains your Client ID (UCI) – unique to you – and the document number unique to your COPR.
Below the title of Confirmation of Permanent Residence, the document lists the following personal information:
- First Row:
- your surname
- your given name
- your “name flag” (the term IRCC uses for an alias you use that isn’t a legal name)
- Second Row:
- your date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)
- your place of birth
- your country of birth
- Third Row:
- your gender at the time of landing
- your marital status at the time of landing
- your citizenship at the time of landing (if you have more than one, the citizenship of the passport you were using to land in Canada)
- Fourth Row:
- your passport number at the time of landing
- the validity of that passport
- the country of issue of the travel document (often left blank)
- Fifth Row:
- your family status at the time of landing (an IRCC numeric code)
- your height
- your eye colour.
- Line 14 is the large blank space right below all that information which contains your accompanying family members, if applicable. Below the list of family members, there is a line indicating whether or not you have any other dependants not with you.
- Line 15 contains the address where you first lived or stayed in Canada and, if applicable, the name of the person whose house it was.
- Lines 16, 17 and 18 are for IRCC reference.
Below this area is a date and signature attesting the truthfulness of the above information. The date is the date you landed.
The lines below this are for IRCC use, and include numerical codes and dates related to your Permanent Residence application.
Below that is information about your arrival:
- Line 39 is for any remarks the CBSA officer made
- Line 41 is your flight number (if applicable)
- Line 42 indicates the amount of money in your possession
- Line 43 indicates whether or not your PR status has any conditions imposed on it
- Line 45 is the date you became a PR
- Line 46 is the place you landed
- 47 is the signature of the immigration officer
Your COPR should be stamped NOT VALID FOR TRAVEL as it is not usable as a travel document.
The Confirmation of Permanent Residence, coupled with a Permanent Resident Visa counterfoil will be placed in your passport or travel document. Both documents must be presented to the officer at a port of entry in order to complete the processing towards permanent residency in Canada.
The Confirmation of Permanent Residence document will contain a photo of you as well as a box for your signature that must be completed upon entry into Canada under the direction of the officer.
When you apply to become a permanent resident at a port of entry and are in possession of a Confirmation of Permanent Residence, the officer will ensure that the biodata recorded on the Confirmation of Permanent Residence form matches the information in your passport or travel document. In cases where a clerical error has been made, the document should be corrected to bring it into an agreement with the bio-data in the passport or travel document.
It is important that you ensure that both your passport as well as the Confirmation of Permanent Residence has your correct information. If this is not so, you must inform the officer so that it can be corrected. If this is not done, you will encounter issues for any future immigration processes such as applying for your Canadian Citizenship.