Prepare for your arrival

If you are already in Canada

When we approve your application for permanent residence, we will contact you and let you know what to do next.

Once you receive your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR), you can make an appointment at a CIC office near where you live in Canada to be admitted to Canada as a permanent resident.

You may also leave Canada and return through a Canadian “port of entry” (an international airport or a Canadian land border) to get your permanent resident status.

Either way you choose, you will need to present:

  • your COPR and/or your permanent resident visa,
  • your passport, and
  • proof that you have the funds to support yourself and your family.

The officer will make sure all your documents are valid, and will ask you a few questions to make sure you still meet the terms to immigrate to Canada. They will be similar to the ones you answered when you applied.

This should only take a few minutes, but if you choose to go to a land border, especially at a peak travel time like weekends and holidays, you may have a longer wait for service.

The officer will also confirm your Canadian mailing address. Your permanent resident card will be mailed to you at this address.

If you change your address within 180 days of getting your status, you must notify CIC using this online tool.

If you are outside Canada

When you arrive in Canada, you will be greeted by an officer from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

The officer will ask to see your passport and other travel documents. Make sure they are not packed in your luggage, and that you have them with you. This will help speed up your entry to Canada.

When you arrive, you must have:

  • Your valid passport and/or travel documents. Your passport must be a regular, private passport. You cannot immigrate to Canada with a diplomatic, government service or public affairs passport.
  • Your valid permanent resident visa (if you are from a country that requires visas) and your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). The officer will make sure you are entering Canada before or on the expiry date shown on your visa. Please note that this document cannot be extended; therefore, you should make sure to use it before it expires.
  • Proof that you have the funds to support yourself and your family after you arrive in Canada.

The officer will ask you a few questions to make sure you still meet the terms to immigrate to Canada. They will be similar to the ones you answered when you applied.

You will not be allowed into Canada if you give false or incomplete information. After completing your COPR,  the officer will allow you to enter Canada as a permanent resident. The officer will also confirm your Canadian mailing address. Your permanent resident card will be mailed to you at this address.

If you change your address within 180 days of arriving in Canada, you must notify CIC using this online tool.

Disclosure of funds

If you arrive in Canada with more than C$10,000, you must tell the CBSA officer. If you do not, you could be fined or put in prison, and your funds could be seized. These funds could be in the form of:

  • cash,
  • securities in bearer form (for example, stocks, bonds, debentures, treasury bills), or
  • bankers’ drafts, cheques, travellers’ cheques or money orders.

What you can bring into Canada

Before you travel to Canada, see the CBSA website to find out what you can and cannot bring into the country.

Immigrant services in your area

Our interactive map will help you to search for immigrant services in your area.
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