The Government of Canada announced that effective June 21, 2021, the country’s borders are once again open to all new Canadian permanent residents with a valid Certificate of Permanent Residence (COPR).
This is the first major step toward re-opening the country to Canadian immigration following the travel restrictions that were enacted over a year ago in March 2020 to combat the spread of Covid-19.
New permanent residents who had been approved for immigration to Canada and received a COPR issued on or before March 18, 2020, were allowed to relocate to Canada when the pandemic travel restrictions were imposed.
There were, however, thousands of new permanent residents who were approved for Canadian immigration after March 18, 2021, that had to postpone moving to Canada until the borders re-opened.
Now that a large percentage of people living in Canada have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and the economy has been able to re-open, anyone who is approved for Canadian immigration and possesses the necessary valid documents will be welcomed into the country.
In the event that a new immigrant’s COPR has expired, the Canadian Government explained that information will be posted on its website regarding how to receive a new valid COPR.
A Certificate of Permanent Residency (COPR) document is valid for 12 months after it is issued and a new immigrant must relocate to Canada before it expires.
After moving to Canada, a new permanent resident will pay a small fee to receive his or her Permanent Resident Card, which is a plastic identification card containing the immigrant’s details and photo.
The Permanent Resident Card is carried as proof of Canadian permanent residency after the COPR expires and is used as an official form of identification, including when applying for jobs in Canada or opening a Canadian bank account.
Additional travel restrictions will be lifted in early July 2021 for travelers in general who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days prior to their arrival in the country.
The Canadian immigration plan for 2021 has a goal to grant permanent residency to 401,000 foreign nationals, so the re-opening of the country’s borders should result in a surge of new immigrants moving to Canada during the second half of this year and well into 2022.
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