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Prepare for arrival

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Be prepared and know what to expect if your application is approved.

If you’re already in Canada

You need to confirm your permanent resident status virtually

In most cases, we can confirm permanent resident (PR) status

  • without in-person interviews
  • through a secure online portal

You don’t have to do anything until we contact you using the email or phone number you provided.

Confirm your PR status through the Permanent Residence Portal

You’ll get emails from a mailbox ending in cic.gc.ca

  1. asking you to confirm your email address
  2. asking you to confirm that you’re physically in Canada
  3. with information about the Permanent Residence Portal (and options if you can’t use it)

The portal is separate from your Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada secure account. Don’t create your own account in the portal as this can delay the process. Follow the instructions in the email we send, and we’ll create an account for you.

Learn more about the Permanent Residence Portal.

You must tell us if you leave Canada before we grant you PR status.

Permanent resident cards

Once you become a permanent resident, we’ll make an electronic confirmation of permanent residence e-COPR available to you in the portal to provide proof of your new status in Canada. In this portal, we’ll also ask you to provide a photo so we can start the process of issuing your first PR card. You don’t need to apply for your first PR card.

While you wait for your PR card, you can use your printed and signed e-COPR to

  • prove that you’re a permanent resident in Canada
  • apply for government benefits and services for which you’re eligible (for example, to apply for your social insurance number so you can work).

If you’re outside Canada

When you arrive in Canada, you’ll be greeted by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The officer will ask to see your passport and other travel documents. We check your identity to make sure that you are the same person who was approved to travel to Canada. We may use your biometrics to do this.

Make sure your documents are not packed in your luggage, and that you have them with you. This will help speed up your entry to Canada.

When you arrive, you must have:

  • Your valid passport and/or travel documents. Your passport must be a regular, private passport. You cannot immigrate to Canada with a diplomatic, government service, or public affairs passport.
  • Your valid permanent resident visa (if you are from a country that requires visas) and your confirmation of permanent residence (COPR). The officer will make sure you are entering Canada before or on the expiry date shown on your visa. Please note that this document cannot be extended; you should make sure to use it before it expires.
  • Proof that you have the funds to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada.

The officer will ask you a few questions to make sure you still meet the terms to immigrate to Canada. They will be similar to the ones you answered when you applied.

You will not be allowed into Canada if you give false or incomplete information. After completing your COPR, the officer will allow you to enter Canada as a permanent resident. The officer will also confirm your Canadian mailing address. Your permanent resident card will be mailed to you at this address.

If you change your address within 180 days of arriving in Canada, you must notify IRCC using this online tool.

Disclosure of funds

If you arrive in Canada with more than CAN$10,000, you must tell the CBSA officer. If you do not, you could be fined, and your funds could be seized.

These funds could be in the form of:

  • cash
  • securities that belong to you (for example, stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills)
  • bankers’ drafts, cheques, travellers’ cheques or money orders

What you can bring into Canada

Before you travel to Canada, see the CBSA website to find out what you can and cannot bring into the country.

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