Got your Canada permanent resident application approved? You need to move to Canada before the expiry date mentioned on your COPR document. Many new applicants delay moving to Canada for many reasons and lack of information.
So, How soon should you move to Canada after your PR gets approved?
Who is a permanent resident?
How soon should you move to Canada after your PR is approved?
How to maintain the permanent resident status?
Who Is A Permanent Resident?
A Canadian permanent resident cardholder is a national of another country permitted to live in Canada as a permanent resident. This permanent resident status gives an individual a right to work and live anywhere in the country.
Permanent residents receive many benefits in Canada, including access to social services, healthcare, and the right to live, study, and work anywhere in Canada. Most importantly, the protection under Canadian law.
After being a permanent resident for a considerable time, permanent residents are eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship. Remember, permanent resident cardholders are not allowed to vote in elections.
How Soon You Should Move To Canada If Your PR Got Approved?
After you have received your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), you will be required to move to Canada before the expiry date mentioned on your CoPR document.
If you have included your dependent family members on your PR application, you must move to Canada before or with them. All your dependent family members must also complete the landing procedure before the CoPR expiry date.
The COPR document expiry date is typically based on the expiry date of your medical exam results.
IRCC does not mail PR cards to addresses outside of Canada, so if you are staying in Canada temporarily and don’t have an address, you may want to have it sent to your immigration lawyer or schedule to pick it up in person once it's ready.
You can exit from the Canada-USA border and re-enter, showing the border officer your CoPR and supporting documentation if you are already inside Canada. Or you can ask for an appointment at a Citizenship and Immigration Canada office.
If you are not in Canada, you will land at the airport and show your Confirmation of Permanent Residency to the officer.
How To Maintain Permanent Resident Status?
To maintain the permanent resident status, a person must abide by the residency obligations. Residency obligation stands for the physical presence of a permanent resident cardholder for a specific amount of time.
Canada’s residency obligation demands a permanent resident to be present inside the country for at least 730 days in five years, or one should meet one of the following situations:
* The person is outside Canada accompanying a Canadian citizen who is their spouse or common-law partner, or the person is a child attending their parent;
* The person is outside of Canada employed on a full-time basis by a Canadian business or in the public service of Canada or of a Canadian province;
* The person is an accompanying spouse, common-law partner, or child of a permanent resident outside of Canada and employed full-time by a Canadian business or in the public service of Canada or of a Canadian province.
Now that you have the right amount of information on what to do after your PR gets approved, we wish you the best of luck with further documentation. Remember, the most challenging part was to get the PR approved; now, you just need to do a little documentation, and you are allowed to have the right to work and live anywhere in Canada.