A more convenient way to validate permanent residence from within Canada thanks to pilot project

A more convenient way to validate permanent residence from within Canada thanks to pilot project

(from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada)

Ottawa, March 19, 2018 — As part of our initiatives to improve client service, we will be testing an option for clients to have their permanent residence (PR) validated at an IRCC office without needing to make an appointment.

This pilot project benefits clients as it offers a more flexible and convenient landing process. Clients will not need to reach out to book an appointment in advance and will have the confidence of knowing they will be able to confirm their PR during their visit.

Between March 19 and April 20, 2018, IRCC will be emailing selected clients in the Montreal, Fredericton and Halifax areas who have received their Confirmation of PR document. The email will be from an address ending in “@cic.gc.ca” and will list dates and times when clients can visit their local IRCC office to be confirmed as a PR.

Typically in order to validate your PR status you need to make an appointment at one of our offices near where you live in Canada. If you are not able to make an appointment, you may leave Canada and return through an international airport or a Canadian land border. When you arrive, an IRCC officer will interview you, and grant you entry into Canada based on the information in your visa.

Clients cannot request to be included in this pilot project. However, IRCC will determine if this landing process should be expanded to become part of the normal process for all clients based on the results of this pilot project.

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