Types of immigration status documents

We issue many immigration documents after someone successfully applies for one of our immigration programs. Temporary and permanent residents use these documents to prove their status when applying for services and other benefits.

Immigration status document can be used

If you accept these documents as part of your business, it’s important you know how to recognize them.

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Temporary residents – IMM 1442

We issue the IMM 1442 document to all temporary residents and refugee claimants authorized to enter and remain in Canada.

The contents of the IMM 1442 depend on the resident’s status. We issue documents for

These documents cannot be

In March 2020, we started using a new version of the IMM 1442 document.

Example IMM 1442 documents

Visitor Record – 2012 version
Sample of a visitor record from 2012 with the word “specimen” written across it. The document shows the holder’s personal information, the date it was issued, and the date it expires.
Work permit – 2020 version
Blurred sample of a work permit from 2020 with the word “specimen” written across it. The document shows the holder’s personal information, the date it was issued, and the date it expires.

Study permit

We issue study permits to foreign nationals so they can study at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada, usually for periods longer than 6 months.

It includes

Learn more about study permits.

Work permit

We issue work permits to foreign nationals so they can work in Canada. Most foreign nationals need a work permit to legally work in Canada.

It includes

Learn more about work permits, including

Visitor record

We issue visitor records to both visa-required and visa-exempt foreign nationals to

It includes

Learn more about visitor records.

Temporary Resident Permit

We issue Temporary Resident Permits (TRP) under exceptional circumstances to foreign nationals who are inadmissible. They grant special authorization to enter or remain in Canada temporarily.

TRPs are usually valid for between 6 to 12 months.

Learn more about inadmissibility.

Refugee Protection Claimant Document

We issue Refugee Protection Claimant Documents (RPCD) to refugee claimants after we refer their claims to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).

A RPCD

A RPCD does not

Learn more about claiming refugee status in Canada.

Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)

Example of a Confirmation of Permanent Residence

Sample of a Confirmation of Permanent Residence with the words “Not valid for travel” written across it. The document shows the holder’s personal information, application details, and medical details.

We issue a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) to foreign nationals either

  • before they travel to Canada, or
  • when they land in Canada

It confirms their permanent resident status before they get their permanent resident card.

The CoPR includes

  • the official date of landing
  • where they landed
  • medical exam details
  • any conditions of stay

Learn more about permanent resident status.

Permanent resident card

A permanent resident (PR) card proves that the holder has permanent resident status in Canada. If they travel abroad, they must show this card and their passport to return to Canada.

Learn more about permanent resident cards.

Current version of PR card
Sample of a PR card from 2016. The card shows the holder’s name, gender, date of birth and the date it expires.
2009 – 2015 version of PR card
Sample of a PR card from 2009. The card shows the holder’s name, gender, date of birth and the date it expires.

Verification of Status (IMM 5009)

We issue verification of status (VOS) documents to foreign nationals, permanent residents or Canadian citizens when their original status document has been

The VOS document

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