eCOPR is an important step in the process of becoming a permanent resident. However, it takes time for IRCC to issue the PR card, which is physical proof of your identity as a Canadian citizen. This can cause problems when applying for a SIN or provincial health insurance, as well as hindering approved applicants’ ability to travel internationally or access benefits available only to citizens. Despite difficulties, IRCC is still working on lowering the eCOPR timeline.
The eCOPR and the PR card are both important documents for new permanent residents of Canada. The eCOPR is electronic proof of residence and must be presented at ports of entry and visa offices. The PR card is physical proof of residency and contains your name, photograph, and other information. It is important to keep this document with you at all times.
IRCC has been criticized for long delays in the eCOPR timeline, which can jeopardize an approved applicant’s ability to travel internationally or access benefits that are only available to permanent residents. The CBA’s Immigration Law Section has written to IRCC requesting that the processing times for these documents be improved.
Some applicants have also reported that the eCOPRs they receive contain errors. IRCC advises these individuals to submit an Application to Amend, which can take up to six months to process. This delay is unnecessarily frustrating for applicants who need to validate their eCOPRs before they can travel, and it is unclear why these errors are occurring. It is possible that these errors are due to changes made by IRCC when updating their databases.
What is COPR and eCOPR?
The eCOPR and PR card are important documents that prove you are a permanent resident. Both of them have your photo and home address on them. They are used to show that you are a permanent resident when boarding an airplane and accessing government services.
COPR stands for Confirmation of Permanent Residence and is a form issued by CIC to confirm that an applicant has become a permanent resident of Canada. The eCOPR is a digital version of the COPR that is easier to use and reduces the need for paper. It is also faster than the traditional COPR because it does not have to be mailed and can be accessed online.
IRCC has been criticized for taking too long to issue eCOPRs. These delays jeopardize an approved applicant’s ability to travel internationally and to claim benefits that are only available to permanent residents. The CBA’s Immigration Law Section has sent a letter to IRCC suggesting ways to improve the process. These include improving processing times, making the eCOPR available in the portal on the same day as it is mailed to new permanent residents and allowing for the validation of the eCOPR at a flagpole or an inland office.