Today, let’s take a look at travel information in place for permanent residents who haven’t landed in Canada. To finish the application process, you have to land as a permanent resident.
- Landing refers to the final interview with an immigration officer at either a port of entry or a local IRCC office within Canada.
- During this interview, you officially become a permanent resident by signing the Confirmation of Permanent Resident (also known as COPR or more casually, the landing paper).
If IRCC already approved your permanent resident application, but you are outside Canada and haven’t landed in Canada, what should you do?
You can’t come to Canada to validate your COPR and land as a permanent resident right now (as of May 25). You may be able to come only if:
- your COPR was issued on or before March 18, 2020 or
- you are exempt from the travel restrictions.
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) and 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.
Mandatory quarantine, COVID-19 testing and other requirements are also in place. Make sure you know the rules before you arrive.
- If your COPR has expired and your application was approved on or before March 18, 2020, you must follow these instructions to come to Canada.
* Information in this article is taken from IRCC’s website on May 25, 2021. More updated information can be found here: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Immigration applicants – Canada.ca