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Canada travel rules for valid COPR holders

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated its travel information for permanent resident applicants with valid COPR (NOTE: this update is not for expired COPR). If you are outside Canada and IRCC has already approved your permanent resident application, you will not be allowed to enter Canada right now to validate your COPR and become a permanent resident, unless you are exempt from the current travel restrictions.

Who can come to Canada to settle now?

You are exempt from the current travel restrictions and can come to Canada:

  •  if you have a valid COPR, AND
  • the COPR was issued on or before March 18, 2020, OR
  • the COPR was issued after March 18, 2020 AND you are an immediate family member sponsored by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (note that grandparents are not considered immediate family members and cannot come to Canada at this time), OR
  • you’re currently living in the U.S. and will be coming to Canada directly (transiting through the U.S. to Canada doesn’t apply)

To meet the travel restriction exemptions, you must also

  • be coming to Canada to settle permanently (you cannot come to Canada and leave to go live in another country, even if it’s temporary)
  • show you’re able to quarantine for 14 days

If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by the airline before boarding a flight. If you show symptoms of COVID-19, you won’t be allowed to board.

Starting November 21, air travellers whose final destination is Canada must submit their information through ArriveCAN app before boarding. This includes travel and contact information, quarantine plan (unless they are exempt), and a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment.

See Travellers to Canada must now use ArriveCAN app

Permanent resident cards

Once you are approved for permanent residence, IRCC will send you a document to confirm your new status in Canada. In the document IRCC will also ask you to provide a photo so it can start the process of issuing your first permanent resident (PR) card. You don’t need to apply for your first PR card.

While you wait for your PR card, you can use your signed CoPR document (if you have one), or the letter confirming PR status to

  • prove that you’re a PR in Canada and
  • apply for government benefits and services that you’re eligible for, for example, to apply for your social insurance number so you can work.

Due to coronavirus-related delays it may take longer than usual for IRCC to issue your PR card.

Quarantine plan

You must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive.

  • This is mandatory, even if you have no symptoms.
  • If you don’t have a plan or the ability to quarantine as soon as you arrive, you shouldn’t travel to Canada as you won’t be allowed to enter.

IRCC does not give you a place to quarantine when you arrive. You need to make your own arrangements in advance.

Provincial and territorial travel restrictions

Provinces and territories may have their own travel restrictions. Before you travel, check the official website of your province or territory of destination.

 Expired COPR and PRV holders

IRCC has updated travel rules for expired COPR and PRV holders. According to the bulletin on the IRCC website, approved permanent resident applicants who hold expired or expiring Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and Permanent Resident Visa (PRV) may be allowed into Canada depending on their circumstances. See Canada updated travel rules for expired COPR and PRV holders.

New permanent residence confirmation portal

Canada has successfully launched a portal system to expedite the landing process for new permanent residents. The portal allows individuals, in most cases, to confirm their permanent resident status without in-person interviews by immigration officers. The Canada PR confirmation portal, implemented as part of Canada’s coronavirus measure, provides access to new permanent residents to share their personal information with IRCC, declare that they are in Canada, confirm their address, submit a recent photo to be used to make their PR card, and get access to their proof of permanent resident status.

The Canada PR confirmation portal is not for checking your application’s status. It is separate from the IRCC secure account where applicants submit and update their information.

You can not renew your PR card through the portal. Find out how to renew your PR card.

See Canadian permanent residents can now confirm status and process PR card online