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Travel to Canada with Expired CoPR | What you Should Know !!

The IRCC has released a guide for those having expired CoPRs and wants to Travel to Canada:

Expired COPR and PRV and traveling from any other country other than the U.S.

Applicants for permanent residence who are in possession of an expired COPR and PRV, that was issued on or before March 18, 2020, are:

  • exempt from the travel restrictions

  • can travel to Canada for non-discretionary reasons with the COPR and PRV in order to settle and live in Canada as a permanent resident and

  • must have an acceptable plan to quarantine for 14 days in Canada

What to do if you hold an expired COPR and PRV and are ready to travel to Canada?

Only applicants for permanent residence who are in possession of an expired COPR and PRV and who are ready to travel to Canada are asked to contact Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) using a Web form. Applicants are asked to provide the expiry date of the COPR and the non-discretionary reason(s) for their travel. IRCC will then refer the Web Form application to the appropriate processing network which will assess the application based on the following eligibility criteria.

You must gather proof that:

you have an acceptable plan to settle such as documents to support your living situation in Canada (address, lease agreement, homeownership document) or employment plans in Canada (location of work, a letter from employer);

you have an acceptable plan to quarantine for 14 days in Canada which includes proof of funds and how you will get groceries, medical care among other essential services; and

you have a proposed travel itinerary, including, for example, travel tickets if they already have been purchased.

You must also make sure that you and your accompanying family members meet the following criteria:

you held a valid COPR and PRV on or before March 18, 2020, but these documents have now expired; no specific date for US-based applicants;

have a compelling reason to travel to Canada now: such as family reunification, need of immediate medical care, expiring status in the U.S., need to tend to non-discretionary family matters, for economic reasons such as to support economic services and supply chains, critical infrastructure support; and

the country where you reside is not subject to exit controls that limit your ability to travel to Canada.

IRCC will give priority to clients with a proposed or confirmed travel plan that is detailed, or clients who demonstrate a willingness to book and confirm travel plans as soon as they are approved. Need help with Canada PR Process? Contact us now!

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