The border, which had also been closed to applicants who were granted permanent residency overseas, was reopened on June 21, 2021, 15 months later. Applicants who had previously received permanent residency certificates overseas, or COPR, but had not been able to complete their permanent residency through landing, are now officially eligible to obtain permanent residency in Canada as they arrive at the border. Of course, even if you enter the country for landing with COPR, the restricted entry restrictions and regulations to Canada will be applied together.
With the closure of the Canadian border from March 18, 2020, new immigrants with COPR and green card certificates have been restricted from entry. As a result, permanent residency has already been approved on paper, but we could not receive the landing and PR card, which are the last procedures, because we were not able to enter Canada. There were about 23,000 new immigrants waiting for landing, all of whom were granted permanent residency, but were unable to receive official PR cards. Fortunately, however, on June 21, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino allowed all new immigrants with COPR to enter the country and receive PR cards.
However, COPR does not mean that everyone can receive permanent residency as they enter Canada. Once COPR has not yet expired, it must be valid and meet the conditions for entry into Canada like any other entrant.
COPR has been used before Pandemic as a document confirming the approval of permanent residency and also as a document allowing entry into Canada. In order to enter the country through this document, you must receive a PR card after entering the country before the document expires, and this regulation is still in effect. Because the entry restrictions have already been in place for more than a year, some of the COPRs received since March 18, 2020 have already expired, and in this case, you cannot enter Canada right now. However, in order to remedy these cases, the Immigration Department has announced that it is preparing procedures to reissue expired COPRs. There will be an announcement soon about the related procedures, so even if COPR expires, you can wait without applying for permanent residency, and I recommended you to contact the immigration office first until the procedures are completed.
In order to enter Canada at this time, you must comply with COVID-19 entry restrictions applicable to all travelers. Basically, if you have COVID-19 symptoms, you cannot enter the country. And when you enter the country, you have to upload the self-isolation plan, voice COVID-19 test certificate, and additional necessary documents using the ArriveCAN app. After that, you have to enter the country and conduct 14 days of self-quarantine, including hotel quarantine, but if you have recently been vaccinated, you only observe hotel self-quarantine and do not have to proceed with additional 14 days of self-quarantine.
Given that applicants for permanent residency overseas are also announcing measures to enter the country after approving permanent residency, it is expected that FSW and FST, which are currently suspended, will resume their progress soon. Soon, the Canadian Immigration Service will be back to normal and all immigration will be able to proceed again, so applicants who were preparing for permanent residency, which is currently suspended, should start preparing for permanent residency again.