Valid COPR holders are allowed to land in Canada from June 21, 2021.
The Canadian government announced this stating that travelers to Canada must have a valid COPR to complete their landing in the country.
As for holders of expired COPR, IRCC is working to reissue new COPRs.
What is a COPR?
Those who have received approval from IRCC for Canada immigration will be issued a COPR. It’s proof that the individual has met the criteria set by IRCC for its immigration program. It also shows that the person has paid the requisite fees, and cleared security, criminality, and health screenings. With a COPR, they will be permitted to travel to Canada where they can begin their new life.
However, the COVID-19 travel restrictions have led to the inability to travel to Canada for 23,000 COPRs.
Till now, only those individuals holding a valid COPR issued on or before March 18, 2020, were eligible for exemption from the travel restrictions imposed by the Canadian government. Others could only arrive in Canada if they met other travel exemptions or if they were residents of the US, moving to settle in Canada as a PR.
The Canadian government has emphasized the directive that anyone holding an expired COPR mustn’t attempt to travel to Canada until a new COPR is issued to them by IRCC.
The validity of a COPR is up to 1 year. It’s connected to the applicant’s passport and his/her medical examination for immigration.
COPR holders must follow the travel rules of Canada upon arrival. This includes the requirement of self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival in Canada. However, the federal government has also made the announcement that fully vaccinated individuals will be exempt from the requirement of entering a quarantine.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
COPR – Confirmation of Permanent Residence