If your Express Entry application is approved

New COVID-19 requirements for air travel from China, Hong Kong and Macao

As of January 5 at 12:01 am (EST) all air travellers, 2 years of age and older, arriving from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao must show a negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than 2 days before their departure, to the airline in order to board their flight.

Find out more about these requirements

If we approve your application, we’ll mail you a:

  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)
  • a permanent resident visa (if you're from a country that requires a visa)

Your COPR will have information about who you are, as well as your photograph.

Check to make sure your information is correct. It should be the same as the information on your passport. If there is a mistake on your COPR, contact us through your account.

We can’t extend your COPR, so you should make sure to use it before it expires.

If you’re already in Canada

Make sure you keep your information up to date

Use the web form if you need to update your contact information or tell us about changes to your family situation (for example, marriage, birth, divorce or death).

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 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

Before you arrive in Canada

There are things you can do to prepare for life in Canada:

When you arrive in Canada

You must have:

  • your valid passport and/or travel documents
    • your passport must be a regular, private citizen passport
    • you can’t immigrate to Canada with a diplomatic, government service or public affairs passport
  • your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and your permanent resident visa (if we gave you one)
  • proof that you have the funds to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada

When you arrive in Canada, you’ll meet an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The officer will:

  • make sure you’re entering Canada before or on the expiry date shown on your COPR
  • make sure that you are the same person who was approved to travel to Canada (we may use your biometrics to do this)
  • ask to see your passport and other travel documents
  • ask you a few questions to make sure you still meet the terms to immigrate to Canada
    • the questions will be similar to the ones you answered when you applied

To help speed up your entry to Canada, keep your passport and other documents with you at all times. Don’t pack them in your luggage.

We won’t allow you into Canada if you:

  • give false or incomplete information
  • don’t convince the officer that you meet the conditions to enter Canada

If you’re admissible and there are no problems when you arrive, the officer will:

  • allow you to enter Canada as a permanent resident
  • confirm your Canadian mailing address where we’ll mail your permanent resident card

If you change your address within 180 days of arriving in Canada, you must tell us using the web form.

Disclosure of funds

If you arrive in Canada with more than CAN$10,000, you must tell this to the CBSA officer. If you don’t tell them, you could be fined, and your funds could be seized.

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.

After you arrive in Canada

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