Canadian permanent residents can now confirm status and process PR card online
December 5, 2020
Canada has successfully launched a portal system that 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 permanent residents to share their personal information with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (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.
Why the Canada PR confirmation portal is important
Permanent residents (PRs) of Canada must carry and present their valid PR card or permanent resident travel document (PRTD) when boarding a flight to Canada, or travelling to Canada on any other commercial carrier. If you do not carry your PR card or PRTD, you may not be able to board your flight, train, bus or boat to Canada.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your PR card is still valid when you return from travel outside Canada, and to apply for a new PR card when your current card expires. If your PR card expires, it does not mean you have lost permanent resident status.
What you can do in the Canada PR confirmation portal
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
Through the Canada PR confirmation portal,
you can declare you’re in Canada
you can confirm your address
you can submit a recent photo for IRCC to use to make your PR card
IRCC can give you access to your proof of permanent resident (PR) status
you can share personal information safely
You can only have 1 profile on the portal per person. Each member of your family will have their own username and password
The Canada PR confirmation portal is separate from your IRCC secure account. There’s no information about your applications and you can not check an application’s status on this portal
A representative can not access the portal on your behalf.
How the Canada PR confirmation portal works
Once your PR application is approved, IRCC will
send you an invitation to confirm
if you want to use the portal
your email address
all email addresses for each person on your application
create an account for you (you can’t create one yourself)
send another email, after you confirm the above, with a link to the portal and instructions on how to sign in with your username and a temporary password
After the above steps are completed, you can
sign in for the first time and create your own password
confirm you are in Canada
provide an updated home or postal address
upload your photo (this must be a digital or scanned photo, not a picture of a paper photo taken with a camera or phone)
IRCC will review the photo you have submitted and, if accepted, will show this in the portal. You should get your PR card within one week at the the mailing address in Canada submitted in the portal. You can check the portal to see if your photo has been accepted.
Uploading and submitting photos
If IRCC reject or return your photo, you can resubmit a new photo into the portal. Make sure the new photo meets all the photo requirements listed in the portal before you upload a new one.