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 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

We have started issuing a new version of the IMM 1442 document. Check the sections below for current examples of these documents.

Previous version of IMM 1442

Some temporary residents may have been issued the previous version of the document. If the expiry date on the document has not passed, the document is still valid.

Example of a previous version of a visitor record

Sample of a visitor record from 2012 showing the holder’s personal information, the date it was issued, and the date it expires.

Study permit

Example of a 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

Example of a 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

Example of a 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

Example of a 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

Example of a 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 does not

Learn more about claiming refugee status in Canada.

Permanent Residents

Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)

Example of a Confirmation of Permanent Residence.

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

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

The CoPR includes

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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