All valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence holders can now enter Canada. Some 23,000 COPR holders overseas will now be eligible to complete their landing in Canada, according to the federal government.
Valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders can complete their landing in Canada as of today, June 21, 2021.
The Government of Canada made the announcement this morning at 10 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST).
In its announcement, the Canadian government said that the COPR must be valid for an individual to travel to Canada to complete their landing.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is working with expired COPR holders to reissue new COPRs.
A COPR is issued to those who have been approved by IRCC toimmigrate to Canada. This means the individual has met IRCC’s program criteria, paid their fees, and passed health, security, and criminality screenings. With a COPR, they can travel to Canada to begin their new life.
However, a total of 23,000 COPR holders, according to Canadian government data, have not been able to travel to Canada since March 2020, when the Canadian government imposed coronavirus travel restrictions.
Up until today, only those who held a valid COPR issued on or before March 18, 2020 were exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. Those who got their COPR after March 18, 2020 could only come to Canada if they met one of Canada’s other travel exemptions or were a resident of the United States and were moving to Canada to settle permanently.