New Instructions to Expired COPR Holders

New Instructions to Expired COPR Holders

The Canada government has released new instructions to expired COPR holders. This gives details on the process for allowing approved permanent residents with expired COPR holders to travel to Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have released instructions to expired COPR holders on how they can renew their documents.

A COPR is a document that is issued to candidates who were approved to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents. This means that the candidate must have met the program criteria, paid their fees, and passed health, security and criminality screenings. Without a valid COPR, candidates are unable to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.

What To Do If You Hold Expired COPR?

If you hold an expired COPR, you will not be able to travel to Canada. However, you have to wait for an email from IRCC about your application. If you still want to immigrate to Canada, you need to respond to the email and indicate that you still want to come to Canada. Based on your response, IRCC may ask for new medicals or other updated information.

If you choose not to respond, IRCC will close your file. So, if you want to come to Canada in the future as a permanent resident, you will have to restart the application process.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, holders of expired documents would have had to reapply for permanent residence. However, IRCC is making exceptions for those who weren’t able to travel due to the restrictions that were in place.

What New Documents Might You Need To Submit?

The email from IRCC will ask you if your family situation has changed. If there has been a change, you will need to update your application and IRCC will ask you for relevant documents. Please note that even if your family situation has not changed, IRCC may also ask you to submit new documents if the ones you submitted before have expired. This may include police certificates and medical exams.

It is important to note that you should wait for instructions before doing your medical exam. IRCC will provide you with instruction forms to take with you to the physician after you reply to their email.

If IRCC reissues your COPR, someone from the department will send you the necessary documents you need to travel.

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