In keeping with COVID-19 travel restrictions and social distancing measures, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) – the federal immigration authority – has set up a secure portal for confirming Canada permanent residence (PR) status without having to conduct in-person interviews. Each applicant and accompanying family member (if any) will be assigned a profile in the portal to:
- Declare arrival in Canada
- Confirm mailing address in Canada
- Submit a recent photograph to be used for the PR Card
- Access proof of permanent resident status
- Safely share personal information with the authorities
This portal cannot be used to track application status. However, once the application is approved, IRCC will send an invitation to confirm the primary applicant’s e-mail address and each person included in the application and ensure that they wish to use the online PR confirmation portal. Subsequently, IRCC will create an account for each applicant and send another e-mail containing a link to the portal and sign-in instructions (username and password).
At this stage, the candidate must follow some simple steps:
- Sign in to the portal and set a new password
- Confirm presence in Canada
- Provide a postal or residential address in Canada
- Upload a digital/scanned photograph in JPEG or PNG format
Once IRCC reviews and accepts the photograph, it will reflect in the portal, and the candidate can expect to receive their PR card within the next week – at the postal address provided. If the photo is rejected due to excessive darkness, low visibility, glare, or other reasons, the candidate can submit another image in the portal – which meets the requirements.
There are provisions for those with accessibility issues or special needs. In case there are any hurdles in the PR Card process, IRCC will directly contact the candidate. It is important to note that the portal cannot be used to renew the PR Card. The applicant can only access the portal. For more information on the Canada PR process and latest procedural protocols, contact India’s most reliable immigration consultants – at Abhinav.
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