Landing in Canada as a Permanent Resident
- 1. Do I become a Permanent Resident of Canada as soon as my Canada Immigration Visa is issued?
- 2. How long can I wait to land in Canada after my Canada Immigration Visa is issued?
- 3. Can the expiry date on my Canada Immigration Visa be extended?
- 4. Must I first enter Canada at the destination I indicated on my application form?
- 5. What documents do I need with me when I first land in Canada?
- 6. When must my accompanying dependents land in Canada?
No. You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry with your valid passport and your valid Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa. This is referred to as 'landing in Canada'.
You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as you receive your Canada Immigration Visa.
Generally, the holder of a Canada Immigration Visa may enter Canada at any port of entry without difficulty. However, if you first enter Canada at a port of entry in the province of Quebec, you must have been accepted by Quebec and have a valid Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ) or be prepared to document your clear intention to reside in a province other than Quebec.
Accompanying dependents cannot land in Canada before the Principal Applicant has done so. The accompanying dependents may first land in Canada with the Principal Applicant or after the Principal Applicant, but in either case prior to the expiry date indicated on their Canada Immigration Visas.