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Completing the COPR Replacment Application
Required Documentation to Replace Your COPR
- Copy of the Passport you held at the time of you landed in Canada (including both copies of the biographical page and the visa page with the entry stamp on it) – you can use your current, valid passport (i.e. has not reached the expiry date) if you are no longer in possession of the original passport you landed in the country on. However, doing so could slow down your application.
- One piece of photo identification issued by a government body in Canada
- Copy of Canadian Citizenship Certificate or Card (if you have naturalized since you landed, and are now a citizen rather than a permanent resident)
- Copies of your birth certificate (or baptismal certificate if you don’t have a birth certificate), marriage certificate (if you’ve changed your name), identity card of your home country and/or your province of residence (if you have one), driver’s license and any other government-issued IDs you possess which proves your identity (or shows your correct information, if you are amending your landing paper)
- Notarized translations of all of the above documents or any official letters that are in a language other than English or French.
COPR Replacement Fees
In order to replace your landing paper/Record of Landing/Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), you must pay the application fee. You can pay the fee online with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. There is no longer an option to pay at your local Canadian financial institution.
Applying to Replace Your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)
Upon payment of the application fees, it is time to submit the application to
Verification of Status (VOS) or Replacement of an Immigration Document
Operations Support Centre (OSC)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1
A Verification of Status (VOS) Application takes on average six months, unless you are eligible for urgent processing. Urgent processing may be granted in two instances:
- You require your Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence to get your Old Age Security (OAS) from Service Canada and you have received a notice indicating as much
- You require your document or Verification of Status (VOS) to apply for a permanent resident Card to travel because of death or serious illness.
You will have to prove your need for urgent processing and will need to write “Urgent” on your envelope.
What is the Permanent Residence Portal?
There is now an official IRCC Permanent Residence Portal which is being used for new permanent residence applications.
Here’s how your permanent residence confirmation will work.
If you apply and obtain your permanent resident visa, then once you have landed in Canada you will receive an email from the government ending in cic.gc.ca. The subject line will read “IRCC – Permanent Residence Portal (PR Confirmation)/Portal de residence permanent (Confirmation de la RP). You will be given an account at the portal, and you will have to confirm through the portal that you’ve landed in Canada and give the following: an email address; your new permanent home address or postal address; as well, you’ll have to upload your photo.
Once your uploaded photo is approved by IRCC, and they confirm you have landed – in other words, give confirmation of your permanent residence in Canada. You’ll then be sent your permanent resident Card, which should take about 2 weeks. This means you usually won’t have to attend a confirmation interview, or what also was called a landing appointment.
Why Canadian immigration authorities need a record of your arrival in Canada
A Confirmation of Permanent Residence gives your essential personal information like your name and date of birth as well as the date you landed in Canada as a permanent rather than a temporary resident. This can be used to help confirm anything from your permanent resident requirements to even whether you have fulfilled the obligations of your permanent residence in the country. For certain benefits like OAS, the authorities need to know for how long you have been a permanent resident in the country. As a result, always replace any lost, stolen, or damaged COPR. That way you have proof of the length of your permanent residence in the country.