Confirmation of Permanent Residence Canada


The confirmation of permanent residence Canada is a paper document that is issued to immigrants on the approval of their Canadian permanent residency status. It is a necessary document duly signed by IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada) which reveals proof of your status while moving to Canada.

In this article,  we will be discussing necessary information you need to know concerning the Confirmation of Permanent Residence in Canada which includes:

– All the important information contained in a COPR (Confirmation of Permanent Residence) document. 
– How to have a replacement for your COPR document?
– And several others.

Why Do I Need a COPR Document in Canada?
This document is very essential that you must not joke it and do ensure it is kept in a safer place. The document is a must when applying for Canadian citizenship. 

The COPR document could be helpful in case you can no longer find your Canadian PR Card or have failed to renew it, the Confirmation of Permanent Residence can come in handy to prove your permanent residence in Canada. 
If you want to collect your Old Age Security, COPR document can also be used as an evidence of the exact time and date you are landing in Canada. 

Generally speaking, there is a need of COPR document to show a provincial and territorial organisations in Canada for you to have access to some particular services in the country. Therefore, Confirmation of Permanent Residence is given to foreign immigrants to show proof of their entry to the country as a permanent resident, noting the exact time and date of their arrival. 

This document is usually issued to immigrants prior to their journey to Canada because it will be reviewed by the immigration officer or IRCC at their point of entry to the country. 

What Information Are in Confirmation of Permanent Residence Document?
Every document contains all necessary information about its respective immigrant, and also information related to their IRCC application. 

The COPR document contains information that identifies it as a unique document, information related to your IRCC application, basic information about you and so on.
The heading of the document contains your Client ID (UCI) – unique to you – and the document number unique to your COPR.

After the title of the document, below is the next arrangement of your information:

First Row :

– your surname

– your given name

– your “name flag” (the term IRCC uses for an alias you use that isn’t a legal name

Second Row:

– your date of birth (dd/mm/yyyy)

– your place of birth

– your country of birth

Third Row :

– your gender at the time of landing

– your marital status at the time of landing


– your citizenship at the time of landing (should you have more than one, the citizenship of the passport you were using to land in Canada)

Fourth Row :

-your passport number at the time of landing

– the validity of that passport

– the country of issue of the travel document (often left blank)

Fifth Row :

– your family status at the time of landing (an IRCC numeric code)

– your height

– your eye colour

In continuation;
– Line 14 is the large blank space right below all that information which contains your accompanying family members, if applicable. Below the list of family members, there is a line indicating whether or not you have any other dependants not with you.
– Line 15 contains the address where you first lived or stayed in Canada and, if applicable, the name of the person whose house it was.
– Lines 16, 17 and 18 are for IRCC reference.

Below this area is a date and signature attesting the truthfulness of the above information. The date is the date you landed.
The lines below this are for IRCC use, and include numerical codes and dates related to your Permanent Residence application.

Below that is information about your arrival:
– Line 39 is for any remarks the CBSA officer made

– Line 41 is your flight number (if applicable)

– Line 42 indicates the amount of money in your possession

– Line 43 indicates whether or not your PR status has any conditions imposed on it

– Line 45 is the date you became a PR

– Line 46 is the place you landed

– Line 47 is the signature of the immigration officer

Your COPR should be stamped NOT VALID FOR TRAVEL as it is not usable as a travel document.
Also, your Confirmation of Permanent Residence with a Permanent Resident visa counterfoil will be placed in your passport or travel document. You will need to present both documents to the officer at a port of entry to enable you complete the processing towards permanent residency in Canada. 

Can COPR be replaced?
No. You can’t replace your Confirmation of Permanent Residence but it is possible for you to get a Verification system which can serve the same purpose.