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Landing in Canada as Permanent Resident

Coming to Canada for the very first time as a Traveler is daunting enough, but when you arriving as a Permanent Resident there are a few realities you need to prepare for ahead of arriving.  These FAQs try to address some of them, but for more in depth information we urge site visitors to visit the Forum Site of SA2Canada, as here people share their personal experiences and nothing can prepare you more than that.

Do i become a Permanent Resident when my Visa is approved in my Passport?

No. You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry with your valid passport and your valid Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa. This is referred to as 'landing in Canada'.

How long do I have to Land in Canada after my Immigration Visa is issued?

You must land in Canada before the expiry date of the Visa, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as you receive your Canada Immigration Visa, to ensure you are aware when it expires.


Can the Expiry date of the Immigration Visa be Extended?

Generally No, the expiry date on your Canada Immigration Visa will not be extended. Failure to land in Canada before the expiry date may result in the necessity of re-application.

Must i first enter Canada at the destination listed on my Visa?

Generally, Immigration Visa holders may enter Canada at any port of entry without difficulty. However, if you first enter Canada in the province of Quebec, you must have been accepted by Quebec and have a valid Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ) or be prepared to document your clear intention to reside in a province other than Quebec.


What documents should I have with me when I first enter Canada?

When you first land in Canada, you will need your valid passport containing your unexpired Canada Immigration Visa and a document titled Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). Your accompanying dependents will need the same. It is a good idea to also have evidence of your settlement funds and an inventory of all personal belongings in your possession, as well as other items that you now own but intend to bring to Canada at a later date.


When must my accompanying dependents land in Canada?


Accompanying dependents cannot land in Canada before the Principal Applicant has done so. The accompanying dependents may first land in Canada with the Principal Applicant or after the Principal Applicant, but in either case prior to the expiry date indicated on their Canada Immigration Visas.

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