How soon do you have to move to Canada once the Express Entry Permanent Resident gets approved?

The simplest answer is as soon as you get your CONFIRMATION of PERMANENT RESIDENCE (COPR) document and PR Visa counterfoil in case of foreign nationals from Visa REQUIRED countries such as India, China, etc. No PR Visa counterfoil is issued for foreign nationals coming from Visa EXEMPT countries such as Germany, Japan, etc.

The longest answer is within the 1 YEAR from the date you passed your e-MEDICAL test.

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The 1 year DOES NOT START from the date you RECEIVED your COPR document. In case of PR Visa counterfoil, the EXPIRY DATE can be found on the PR Visa counterfoil.

For example,

  • An APPLICANT passed e-Medical on MARCH 1s, 2017 (The date 1 YEAR starts).
  • The Express Entry application was approved on SEPTEMBER 1st 2017with the COPR.
  • The APPLICANT must come at any time BEFORE March 1st, 2018 to become a Permanent Resident at ANY Canadian Port of Entry(Airport, or Land/Marine border).
  • In this scenario, the applicant has about 6 months until March 1st, 2018 to come to Canada and land as Permanent Resident.

Therefore,  how soon you need to move to Canada once express entry PR has been approved depends on the validity of your medical certificate. You require providing a medical certificate on receipt of ITA (Invitation to apply) PR Visa  from IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

The medical certificate is usually valid for about 1 year from the date of its issuance. Hence, you need to immigrate to Canada within this time period (before the medical certificate expires). The time period is on the visa imprint on your passport.

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Why it’s crucial to move to Canada within the specified time?

Well, if you failed to move to Canada within the stated period, your Permanent Residency visa will be expired and you will have to apply all over again for Canadian PR, following the same process. However, you would not want this to happen at any cost. Hence, get all your things and documents ready in advance and fly to Canada well before the date indicated on your passport.

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In case, you are applying for Canadian Permanent Residency in the year 2018, can get in touch with highly knowledgeable and experienced immigration experts at Visas Avenue Immigration to get complete documentation process assistance and support. You may call the Visas Avenue certified Canada immigration expert at Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777.

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