Canada is a popular immigration destination for people from all over the world. Its high quality of life, excellent career opportunities, and secure environment make it an ideal place for people from people all over the world to live, work, and permanently settle in the country. Canada has also been globally declared as one of the best countries with context to standard of living and education.
The maple country also welcomes immigrants through various immigration pathway programs with relatively simple procedures and shorter visa processing times.
You will eventually need to relocate to Canada if your overseas Express Entry permanent residency (PR) application has been granted. Many newly confirmed PRs decide to leave their emigration to Canada to finish off their career, education, or family obligations back home. So, how soon after your Express Entry PR application is accepted do you have to relocate to Canada?
After receiving your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), you must arrive in Canada before the CoPR document’s expiration date.
If you listed dependent family members on your PR application, you must arrive before or concurrently with them. Before the CoPR expiration date, all dependent family members must finish the landing process.
Through the IRCC’s web portal, you can verify your status as a permanent resident if you are already in Canada.
You will obtain a copy visa in your passport once your application has been processed. The legitimacy of your medical evaluation outcomes will generally determine when the COPR will expire. Results of medical exams are suitable for a year. As a result, if you passed your medical examination in June 2021, the expiration date of your CoPR visa would be June 2022. The CoPR validity is predicated on the date of your passport; nevertheless, if your passport expires before your medicals.
After arriving in Canada, you will acquire permanent residency Canada status and be eligible to apply for a PR card. It is a good idea to apply for your PR card as soon as possible because you must provide proof of your PR status to re-enter Canada. Suppose you are temporarily residing in Canada and do not have an address. In that case, you may want to have your immigration lawyer receive your PR card or arrange to pick it up when it is ready since IRCC does not ship PR cards to addresses outside Canada.
Processing a new PR card can take up to three months. You will need to apply for a PR travel document if you need to travel back to your home country in the interim. When returning to Canada, a PR travel document can be used in place of a PR card. It is a legal document provided by a Canadian visa office overseas.
When the landing procedure is over, you must fulfill your requirements for permanent residency in Canada and be granted permanent residence in Canada. Those entail staying in the country physically for at least 730 days over five years. After completing the landing procedure, if you choose to go back home, ensure you do it in time to fulfill the requirement of spending at least 730 days in Canada.
This requirement has a few exceptions. For instance, if you live outside of Canada but are traveling with a member of your immediate family who is a Canadian citizen or if you work full-time for a Canadian business. To find out more about how to complete this obligation, go to our Residency Obligations page.
You must prove that you still have the required amount of money during your landing appointment if your application for permanent residence requires you to do so for it to be accepted. If you applied in one calendar year but are landing in the following year, make sure to provide recent bank statements, that you have tracked currency conversion rates to ensure your savings meet the minimal required Canadian dollar equivalency, and that you have also checked the most recent settlement funds levels set by IRCC (needed funds are updated yearly).
We advise you to apply for citizenship as soon as you are qualified to do so if you intend to make Canada your permanent home, especially if you want to raise a family here. While Citizens cannot lose their status, Permanent Residents can participate sometimes.
As soon as you have lived in Canada as a Permanent Resident for three years within five years, including up to one year spent living there before becoming a PR, you are entitled to apply for permanent residency in Canada. Before acquiring PR status, time spent in Canada as a temporary resident counts as half a day.
Ensure you save your original Confirmation of Permanent Residence.
When you’re ready to apply for permanent residency in Canada, you’ll need your original COPR document. Create an electronic copy, then store the original in a secure location.
When the landing procedure is over, you must fulfill your residency requirements and be granted permanent residency in Canada. Those entail physically staying in the country for at least 730 days over five years.
When your application for permanent residence is accepted, and your entry visa is stamped in your passport, you have one year to arrive in Canada. After landing, you can either wait a few weeks to receive your PR card or depart Canada and have a friend or family mail it to you. Usually shorter than a year.
You have five years to reside in Canada after receiving permanent resident status. You are qualified for Canadian citizenship if you have physically lived in the nation for 1,095 days (three years) out of the five.
Congratulations if your application was accepted! You will receive an acceptance letter, and after receiving it, you must visit the ICA office within two months to finish the necessary paperwork. You must schedule a time to visit the ICA building’s fifth floor to complete your PR procedures.
A non-immigrant visa may require Canadian permanent residents to enter the US. Before joining the nation, you must obtain this visa from the American authorities. Additionally, it would help if you had a current passport from your country of citizenship.