The Canadian government recently announced a way for approved permanent residents to travel to Canada even if their Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) has expired. New instructions have been launched by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to allow expired COPR holders to renew their documents and travel to Canada.
The Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) officials do not accept expired documents at the border. However, travel restrictions imposed by the government to control the Covid-19 pandemic restricted many COPR holders to wait for the border to reopen to continue their immigration journey.
On June 21, 2021, the government finally opened the border for confirmed permanent residents after 15 months. However, many had their COPRs expire during this period. Therefore, new instructions have been issued by the IRCC for such immigrants.
What Is a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)?
A COPR is issued to newly approved permanent residents by the IRCC to allow them to immigrate to Canada. A COPR means that the approved immigrant has met the program requirements, paid the required fee and is admissible on all Inadmissibility grounds.