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Settling in a Province Different from COPR 

koolp
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Posted On: 12/26/2018
koolp
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Hello everyone,

This topic has been extensively discussed with regards to PNP immigrants, but I would like some clarification on how it works for the federal programs.
I am immigrating through FSW program without provincial nomination. Initially, I indicated my intent to reside in Vancouver, BC, so it is set as 'Destination' in my CoPR. Due to number of reasons I am currently leaning to settle in a different province, and it is not Quebec. I know that I did not make any specific obligations to reside in specific province apart from not residing in Quebec, so I presume I can go whereever I please. But this 'Destination' in the CoPR still confuses me.
I am still going to land in Vancouver. Can anyone please tell, if it is OK to tell the officer at the POE during the landing, that I am going to a different province and, for example, give him an Ontario address for PR cards delivery? I failed to find any official documents clarifying it.
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Posted On: 1/2/2019
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We can appreciate that you would want to confirm this information before landing.

You can find some official information on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website in the I am a new permanent resident in Canada. Can I live somewhere other than the “city of destination” on my Confirmation of Permanent Residence? in the Frequently Asked Question section.

Here is an excerpt,

Yes, you can. As a permanent resident, you have the right to live, work or study anywhere in Canada.

However, if you became a permanent resident through the Provincial Nominee Program, the province that nominated you has chosen you to bring skills to their province.



You can also find some information in our Settlement.Org Do I have to go to the city of destination on my CoPR? article.

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,CRS
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