Permanent residence gets smart

Overseas Property | 18 Oct 2021

New Canadian permanent residents can now confirm their status online without the need for an in-person interview. They simply have to visit the permanent residence portal of the federal government.

However, make sure beforehand that the e-mail asking to confirm permanent residency status is genuinely from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The e-mail address of the sender should end in and the e-mail itself will be in both French and English.

Once in the permanent residence portal, new permanent residents will be asked to declare that they are in Canada, confirm their address and submit a recent photo that can be used to make their new residency card.

This is one of a series of steps Canada has taken to make its immigration process more online friendly. Late last year, Canada launched its online application citizenship tool before going live with the final version in August this year. It is now open for online citizenship applications from all applicants aged 18 and above.

The IRCC will open the online application website to families and minors under 18 later this year.

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