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An IMM 1000 Record of Landing (also known as a Landing Paper) is a document that new Permanent Residents received when they landed in Canada prior to July 2002.
What Information Does a Record of Landing Contain?
The document contains information about the Permanent Resident, including, your:
- full legal name
- date of birth
- place of birth
- country of birth
- gender at the time of landing
- marital status at the time of landing
- passport number at the time of landing
- passport expiry date at the time of landing
- travel document country of issue (if applicable)
- family status at the time of landing
- list of accompanying family members (if applicable), and whether or not you have any dependants not accompanying you
- address where you are settling in Canada
- friend or relative who is helping you settle in Canada and lives at the above address (if applicable)
- intended occupation
- mother tongue (first language)
- signature indicating that you attest that all the above information is correct
The rest of the document contains information about how you landed in Canada, including your immigration class and how you travelled to Canada. It includes:
- the numeric code associated with your immigration category
- a numeric code indicating your highest level of schooling achieved
- the number of years you’ve been in school
- and a variety of other codes for internal use by CIC (now known as IRCC), including the code of the port of entry
- your flight number or “by land” if you “landed” by car/train/bus
- the amount of any cash in your possession
- any conditions imposed on your permanent residence
- signature, place and date of the admitting officer
- unique Record of Landing number.
A Record of Landing is distinct from a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688). Your Record of Landing number beings with a “W” and will be followed by nine digits The Record of Landing number number visible at the bottom right of the document. Often, the Record of Landing will be stamped “Not valid for travel.”
Why was a Record of Landing Issued?
A Record of Landing was issued to register new permanent residents in Canada. It was the default way of doing this until 2002.
When you become a permanent resident in Canada, either by arriving in the country, or by flagpoling, the Government of Canada registers you as a new permanent resident, for statistical purposes – to keep track of the number of permanent residents in Canada – and to record your landing date in Canada in order to determine your eligibility for Canadian citizenship.
Prior to 2002, this information was recorded in the IMM 1000 Record of Landing, which was proof of your status in Canada. At the time, the Record of Landing was also sometimes used as proof of status when re-entering Canada.
Since the introduction of the PR Card, Records of Landing are no longer acceptable proof of status when entering Canada (unless you are driving into Canada). New Permanent Residents are issued the Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688) instead of a Record of Landing.
Why do I Need My Record of Landing (IMM 1000)?
It’s important to have a document of when you landed in Canada for a number of reasons. You may need your Record of Landing to get or renew a PR Card, to prove your Permanent Residence status within Canada, to apply for your Old Age Security or to apply for Canadian Citizenship. Learn more.