If you are a permanent resident, and yet to be issued Permanent resident card, it is very likely that you have a Confirmation of Permanent Residence document or letter to prove your status at the port of entry or any immigration office.
It is very important to keep and protect your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) document (previously known as Record of Landing). You definitely will need this document to apply for certain government programs and benefits in the nearest future as you age in Canada.
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What will I need my CoPR document for?
As earlier stated above, you most definitely will need your CoPR document to apply for governments benefits and programs as you settle in Canada.
You will need your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) documents for immigration purposes. When you immigrate to Canada, as a permanent resident for the first time, you will be required to present your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) to an immigration officer at the port of entry.
Whichever way you plan to enter Canada, whether by land, sea or by air, you will meet an immigration officer who will demand proof of permanent residents status. You will need you CoPR for passage to Canada. Without it, you will be denied entry into Canada.
You can also use your confirmation of permanent residence document to apply for a Social Insurance Number when you first arrive. Upon landing in Canada, one of the first task you will need to do will be to apply for a Social Security Number (SIN).
The SIN is a 9 digit number everyone in Canada above the age of 12 must have to enjoy certain government’s benefits. Any Canadian employer who wants to hire you will ask for your Social Security Number. You cannot work in Canada without it.
Whenever you are applying for Old Age Security Pension (OAS) you can use certified copies of your CoPR document or Record of Landing (as it was previously called) as “Proof of Canadian Legal Status”.
If Your Loose your CoPR document, What Next?
If you misplace or lose your confirmation of permanent residence (CoPR) documents, you will need to apply for a Verification of Landing document. The process for replacement may take a while, so it’s advisable to protect and maintain your CoPR document carefully.