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Does Your Landing Paper Expire?
If you have not yet landed in Canada, your Permanent Resident visa does indeed expire, but this is not the same thing as your Record of Landing or IMM 1000 which used to be created after you landed in Canada. Your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688), however, is mailed to you when your permanent residency is approved. In the next stage of the immigration process, you then travel to Canada with it and with your PR visa. Please note that your COPR does have an expiry date of around 1 year from the date your application is approved. So, you should travel to Canada before it expires. Please see information on landing in Canada for more.
If your Confirmation of Permanent Residence expires before you travel to Canada, you have to apply for a new one, which will delay your immigration process.
Landing papers cannot expire once you’ve landed in Canada. Whether you have an IMM 1000 Record of Landing, a Confirmation of Permanent Residence that has been signed or dated by immigration officials when you arrive in Canada, or a document issued before the existence of IMM 1000s, these documents do not have an expiry date once you have landed. Your landing paper as such is a record of your landing in Canada; it cannot have an expiry date. However, as stated above, if you are outside Canada when you receive it, make sure you travel to Canada within 1 year at the latest.
Should You travel to Canada before your COPR has expired?
Yes, you should. Until you arrive in Canada and your Confirmation of Permanent Residence is signed and dated by immigration officials, it can indeed expire (as can your permanent resident visa) so you should finalize your travel plans to immigrate to Canada as soon as you receive it. Do not try to travel to Canada if your COPR expired.
What does the Immigration Category on my COPR mean?
A Confirmation of Permanent Resident lists your personal details as they are on the date you land in Canada as a permanent resident, and also lists what is known as an immigration category. This immigration category details under which category of permanent residency you applied and which type of permanent resident you are. For example, the Economic Class has 16 immigration categories, including everything from Canadian Experience Class to Skilled Trades and Skilled Workers as well as Investors and Live-in Caregivers. Go here to see which immigration category you fall under.
Do I Need to Keep my COPR Once I’ve landed in Canada?
Yes you should because you’ll need it to apply for benefits like Old Age Security or you may need it to prove your legal status as a permanent resident for your employment. While it may not seem as important as your PR Card, for example, your Confirmation of Permanent Residence is a key immigration document that you need to store safely for use at a later date.
On the other hand, your PR Card expires every 5 years.
Also, you can lose your Canadian PR status, but this is not the same thing as your landing paper expiring.
Do I Ever Have to Replace My Landing Paper?
Yes, you may to replace your Record of Landing or Confirmation Of Permanent Residence if it is lost, stolen or if it is somehow illegible, either through age or damage.
If that is the case, you need to apply for a Verification of Status (VOS), which serves as a replacement immigration document, and you can use it for anything you would need your landing paper for. Please note that IRCC no longer gives you a copy of your Confirmation of Permanent Residence, Instead, the only option to apply for a VOS.
How Do I Use My Record of Landing/COPR to Apply for OAS?
Please remember that this site contains everything you need to know about your Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence and how they relate to immigration to Canada. Just browse through our many pages on the subject. More Frequently Asked Questions.