July 2, 2021

IRCC provides new instructions to expired COPR holders

There is now a process in place for post-March 18 COPR holders with expired documents.

The federal government has released details on the process for allowing approved permanent residents to travel to Canada if their documents have expired.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have released instructions to expired Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders on how they can renew their documents so that they can travel.

Canada does not accept expired documents at the border, this has been true since before the pandemic. Coronavirus-related travel restrictions forced many COPR holders to have to wait for the border to reopen to them, which happened on June 21. During the wait, many saw the expiry date on their documents pass by. IRCC has now come out with instructions for these people.

A COPR is a document that is issued to candidates who were approved to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. This means that the candidate must have met the program criteria, paid their fees, and passed health, security and criminality screenings. Without a COPR, candidates are unable to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.

How to come to Canada with an expired COPR

Once again, you will not be able to travel to Canada with expired documents. IRCC says if you hold an expired COPR, someone from the department will email you about your application. If you still want to immigrate to Canada, answer the email and indicate that you still wish to come.

IRCC may then ask for new medicals or other updated information. If you choose not to respond, your file will be closed. This means that should you wish to come to Canada in the future as a permanent resident, you will have to reapply.

The government says most people with expired COPRs that were issued on or before March 18, 2020 have been contacted already. If you have already been asked by IRCC to do a new medical or to submit new documents, follow these instructions, and wait to be contacted. The department says there is no need to contact them again.

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