What is a Verification of Status Document?
When any person comes to Canada for the first time as an immigrant, they are given a paper document as proof of their immediate status, currently known as a Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence depending on when the document was issued. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada form number for this document is IMM1000.
In the past this document could be replaced with an original or certified true copy if it was lost. However, as of August 27, 2012 Citizenship and Immigration Canada now issues what is known as a Verification of Status document. It has all of the same information but takes much less time to be issued.
If you have lost your original or the certified true copy of your IMM1000, you may apply for a Verification of Status document
as a replacement for proof of when you immigrated to Canada. If you do not have proof of when you arrived in Canada, you may be denied government benefits such as Old Age Pension, regardless of how long you have been a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
If you need proof of when you first entered Canada to live, work, or study, you may be able to obtain a Verification of Status document
. This also applies to people who were Canadian citizens at the time of entry, or people who never became permanent residents.
A lost or stolen Record of Landing prevent you from:
- Renewing your PR Card
- Proving your PR status
- Applying for government programs such as pension benefits
- Becoming a Canadian Citizen
- Updating CIC records to reflect a change in your name due to marriage or a legal name change.
Immigroup is a private company. We are not the government. All application forms can be found for free on the relevant government websites. Applying with a private company such as Immigroup entails service fees in addition to the fees charged by the relevant government agency. Experts will review, finalize, and submit all applications.