February 3, 2024

Ready for Canada? Find out the Best Time to Move After Your PR Approval!

How soon after your PR is approved should you move to Canada?

You will eventually have to relocate to Canada if your application for Permanent Residence (PR) is accepted while you are still abroad. But, after your PR is issued, is there a window of opportunity to visit Canada?

In order to finish off employment, school, or family obligations back home, many recently certified permanent residents opt to postpone their relocation to Canada. In other words, once your Express Entry PR application is accepted, when must you move to Canada?

Arriving in Canada

You must arrive in Canada before the date on your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) document expires after you've obtained it.

You have to land either before or at the same time as any dependent family members you listed on your application for permanent residence. Before the CoPR expiration date, all dependent family members must likewise finish the landing procedure.

Using the IRCC's web site, if you are already in Canada, you can verify if you are a permanent resident.

CoPR validity

Once your application has been processed, a CoPR visa will be placed in your passport. The validity of the findings from your medical examination will usually determine the COPR expiration date. The results of a medical checkup are valid for a year. Your CoPR visa would therefore expire in June 2024 if your medical exam was completed in June 2023.

Requesting your initial PR card

After arriving in Canada, you can apply for a PR card and become a permanent resident of Canada. Obtaining your PR card as soon as possible is a smart option because you will need to show proof of status in order to enter Canada again. If you are visiting Canada briefly and do not have an address, you may want to have your PR card sent to your immigration lawyer or arrange to pick it up in person when it is ready, as the IRCC does not ship PR cards to addresses outside of Canada.

The processing of a new PR card can take more than three months. In the meanwhile, you will need to apply for a PR travel document if you need to return home. When traveling back to Canada, a PR travel document—an official document from a Canadian visa office abroad—can be used in place of a PR card.

How much time must I spend in Canada once the landing procedure is over?

You have residence requirements that you must meet after landing and becoming a permanent resident of Canada. This entails spending a minimum of 730 days in person in Canada during a five-year period.

After completing the landing procedure, if you choose to go back home, make sure you get back in time to spend a minimum of 730 days in Canada in order to fulfill this requirement.

This requirement has a few exceptions. For instance, you might be traveling outside of Canada with a close relative who is a citizen or working a full-time job for a Canadian business. See our page on Residency Obligations for more information on how to meet this requirement.

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