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COPR Destination Calgary - Want to live in Ottawa 

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Posted On: 9/27/2015
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Hello dear sirs

I got my CoPR and plan to land in October 2015. I applied under the federal skilled worker program, my CoPR is SW1 type and my Visa is IM-1.

My CoPR reads "Destination: Alberta, Calgary" but I will be landing in Toronto because we will live with friends for a few months and then would like to reside permanently in Ottawa.

My questions are:
1. Is there a problem for landing and getting the PR card?

2. Is there a problem eventually when I have to renew the PR card in the future, when it expires? Or to finally apply for citizenship?
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Posted On: 9/29/2015
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

It is great that you are looking into this type of information before your arrival.

You mentioned that you were accepted as a Skilled Worker.

In this type of situation, if you do not have a specific job offer or ties to a particular city in Canada, in other words, if your application was accepted without specific criteria, then you can land at any port/city in Canada.

If you have been accepted based on a job offer or any other specific criteria that made Citizenship and Immigration Canada accept your application because you specified a particular location, you will have to land there. Once here as a Permanent Resident you have mobility rights and can move to another city.

In terms of providing an address for your PR card, all Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) specifies is that as a new permanent resident, CIC will mail you the PR card once you arrive in Canada. All you have to provide is a Canadian address. If you did not provide a mailing address when you become a permanent resident, you must send Citizenship and Immigration Canada your address through CIC’s online tool within 180 days of the day on which you became a permanent resident. If you do not do this, your permanent residency could be cancelled and you may need to re-apply.

Regarding your second question, there should not be any problem in the future with PR card renewal or applying for Canadian citizenship based on landing somewhere else.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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Posted On: 10/2/2015
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Thank you very much for your reply.

And after I become a Permanent Resident in Ontario, can I even move and live in the province of Quebec? Any restriction to get health and school or to look for a job? I do not have a CSQ

PS. This is by far the best resource for new immigrants. Thanks a lot for creating it and for your time responding. I will be happy to collaborate with my experiences.




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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

It is great that you are looking into this type of information before your arrival.

You mentioned that you were accepted as a Skilled Worker.

In this type of situation, if you do not have a specific job offer or ties to a particular city in Canada, in other words, if your application was accepted without specific criteria, then you can land at any port/city in Canada.

If you have been accepted based on a job offer or any other specific criteria that made Citizenship and Immigration Canada accept your application because you specified a particular location, you will have to land there. Once here as a Permanent Resident you have mobility rights and can move to another city.

In terms of providing an address for your PR card, all Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) specifies is that as a new permanent resident, CIC will mail you the PR card once you arrive in Canada. All you have to provide is a Canadian address. If you did not provide a mailing address when you become a permanent resident, you must send Citizenship and Immigration Canada your address through CIC’s online tool within 180 days of the day on which you became a permanent resident. If you do not do this, your permanent residency could be cancelled and you may need to re-apply.

Regarding your second question, there should not be any problem in the future with PR card renewal or applying for Canadian citizenship based on landing somewhere else.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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Posted On: 10/5/2015
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Hello,

Thanks for sharing your kind words and feedback with us.

We would greatly appreciate it if you shared your experiences and suggestions with us. This will be very helpful to us and to other users in similar situations!

Regarding your additional question, from what we have heard from many of our other users' own experiences, in similar cases, it was possible to land in Ontario, and then travel to Quebec soon after.

However, for certain programs, you may have been required to have landed with a CSQ in order to be eligible.

Therefore, you may not be able to make use of specific programs for immigrants who landed in Quebec via their immigration selection program, but you should be able to access all other provincial services, as any other resident in Quebec would.

For information on the programs and services of the Québec government on the Québec Portal - Your governmental portal of services website.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
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