If you immigrated to Canada, you need to show your Record of Landing to get your Old Age Pension.
What is a Verification of Status Document?
When any person comes to Canada for the first time as an immigrant (known as "landing"), they are given a paper document as proof of their immediate status, known as a Record of Landing or Confirmation of Permanent Residence depending on when the document was issued. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) form number for this document is IMM1000 or IMM5292/IMM5688 respectively.
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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 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 can apply to obtain a Verification of Status document. Even people who were Canadian citizens at the time of entry, or people who never became permanent residents can obtain this document under most circumstances.
- Getting your IMM1000/COPR urgently
- Cost and Processing Time for IMM1000/COPR replacement
- Who can get a replacement Record of Landing / COPR / Verification of Status document?
- Why do you need your Record of Landing IMM1000/COPR?
- What documents do you need to get a Record of Landing/COPR?
- Using your IMM1000/COPR to enter Canada
- Applying for the IMM1000 of someone who is deceased
- Amending your IMM1000/COPR
Getting your IMM1000 urgently for your pension
In order to receive an old age pension from the government of Canada, you must have worked inside Canada for 10 years. To prove that you have met this requirement, you must provide a copy of your IMM1000 to Service Canada with your pension application if you were not born in Canada. If you have been advised by Service Canada that your pension application will not be processed until you provide a copy of this document, you can request urgent processing from IRCC.
To get urgent processing, you must include a copy of a letter from Service Canada advising that your application for a pension will be closed or rejected within a certain time-frame if the copy of your IMM1000 is not provided. If your proof of urgency is accepted, your Verification of Status should be issued within 4 - 8 weeks; the regular processing time for a replacement Record of Landing is six months.
Cost and Processing Time
|Urgent Processing||4 - 8 weeks||$450.37|
|Regular Processing||6 months||$253.75|
Who can get a replacement Record of Landing / IMM1000 / Verification of Status document?
Almost any person who has ever entered Canada can apply for a Verification of Status document. If you landed in Canada as a permanent resident, you can get the VOS to replace your Record of Landing IMM1000 document. Any of these people can apply for the replacement of their status document in Canada:
- Current or former Permanent Residents of Canada
- Canadian citizens born outside Canada who eventually entered Canada to live
- Current or former Temporary Workers in Canada (work permit holders)
- Current or former Temporary Students in Canada (study permit holders)
- Current or former Visitors to Canada (visitor visa holders)
You can apply to replace your IMM1000 from within Canada, or from any other country in the world, even if you no longer live in Canada. Previously applications made from outside Canada needed to be sent to the nearest Canadian consulate. But now, all applications should be made to the IRCC Operations Support Centre in Ottawa.
Why do you need your Record of Landing IMM1000?
The most common reason people need their Record of Landing document is to give it to Service Canada to get Old Age Pension. You must demonstrate that you worked in Canada for a minimum of 10 years in order to apply for the Old Age Pension. This is why people born in Canada need to provide a VOS (or their IMM 1000 or COPR) with their Old Age Pension application.
The Record of Landing is also a supporting document needed for a PR card renewal or Grant of Canadian Citizenship application. If you do not have a PR card, you must have a copy of your COPR (or Record of Landing or a VOS) to apply for Canadian citizenship. Also, if you are applying for a PR card, the COPR (Record of Landing) is the only secondary ID document you can use for an applicant who is under 16 years old because they do not have a driver's license, university ID, or Notice of Assessment tax documents.
If you are returning to Canada from abroad through the land border crossing in the United States in a private vehicle, you can also present your COPR or Record of Landing to prove your permanent resident status in Canada if you do not have your PR card. This means you don't have to go to the Canadian embassy to get a travel document just to return to Canada.
What documents do you need to get your Verification of Status?
To apply for a replacement of your IMM1000, you need copies of the following supporting documents:
- Copy of the ID page of the passport you used at the time of landing in Canada OR
- Copy of the ID page of your current passport AND
- Copy of your birth certificate (with translation if the document is not in French or English) AND
- Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable) AND
- Copy of your Canadian citizenship certificate (if applicable) OR
- Copy of your PR card (if applicable)
If you are missing one or two of these documents, IRCC will usually still process your application. However, the reason the documents are missing needs to be explained. You can also substitute other documents which are not on the list for your application to be processed.
Using your COPR/IMM1000 to enter Canada
At this time, if you are a permanent resident of Canada, you may present your IMM1000 or COPR or Verification of Status document to the Canadian customs officer at LAND border entrances in the United States only. You must also be riding in a private vehicle and cannot be aboard any type of commercial vehicle such as a bus or train. You cannot use your IMM1000 to enter Canada by plane and must present your PR card.
If you are a Canadian citizen, you should present your Canadian passport or other passport and Canadian citizenship certificate to the border officer when you enter Canada.
Applying for a Verification of Status for someone who is deceased
Frequently people will apply for the IMM1000 of a parent or other family member who has died in order to obtain a passport or citizenship from another country from that parent. In order to get a replacement of the Record of Landing for someone who has passed away, you must be the executor of their estate with documentation to demonstrate this if the person has been deceased for fewer than 20 years. After a person has been deceased for 20 years, their Record of Landing becomes public record, and any person may apply for this document.
Who can submit a Request to Amend a Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence?
Any person who has ever been a permanent resident of Canada, including those who no longer live in Canada or who have become naturalized Canadian citizens, may apply for an amendment to their record of landing. If your Record of Landing contains incorrect information, this may negatively affect your life in Canada because any information which is on your IMM1000 is legally your personal information in Canada, even if it is incorrect.
An error on your Record of Landing can cause problems with
- Renewing your PR Card
- Proving your PR status
- Applying for government programs
- Becoming a Canadian Citizen
- Applying for a Canadian passport
- Replacing your Canadian citizenship certificate
- Applying for a verification of status
The following information can be amended.
- Family name
- Given name(s)
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Country of birth
- Marital status
- Date or original entry
- Date of landing
Please note: Only errors made by immigration officials will be corrected. If the information was recorded incorrectly because the same error was listed on your ID documents when you landed in Canada, no amendment will be issued.
The following information cannot be amended..
- Legal name changes
- Changes of name due to marriage / divorce.
If you are in danger of losing your job or government benefits because the information on your Record of Landing is not correct, you may request that your request to amend your Record of Landing application be processed urgently. In order to request urgency when filing, you must provide written proof from a government agency or your employer that unless you provide a copy of your Record of Landing with correct information, you will lose your benefits or employment.
What if I lost my Record of Landing?.
If I file for an amendment, am I risking my status in Canada?.
An application for an amendment to your Record of Landing has no bearing on your immigration status in Canada even if the request is refused.
What if I don’t have the passport I used when I landed?
If you no longer have the passport you used when you landed in Canada, this will have a negative effect on your request to amend your Record of Landing. You may still apply if you have the other documentation, however every request is at the discretion of the officer reviewing the application.
What if I don’t have any documents from my home country?.
If you do not have any documents issued from the time before you became a permanent resident of Canada, your application will likely be refused. You may attempt to replace these documents by contacting government agencies in your home country and any other countries where you resided prior to becoming a permanent resident of Canada before submitting your application.
Immigroup is able to help you acquire documentation from English-speaking countries. We may be able to help with acquiring documentation from other countries as well. Contact us to see if we can help!
Can my Record of Landing/COPR be amended even if there is an error on my passport?
You can apply to amend your Record of Landing to correct any inaccurate information such as your date of birth, name, or country of birth.
CIC’s official stance is that you may not amend a Record of Landing if the mistake was present on the documents you used to enter Canada. For example, if you want to fix your date of birth, but the incorrect date of birth was printed on the passport you used to enter Canada when you landed, CIC says they will not issue the amendment. In other words, CIC will only correct the document if a mistake was made by immigration when producing the document, but not if the mistake was contained within your passport.
However, whether or not the amendment is issued depends heavily on the discretion of the officer reviewing the application. Many people who did have erroneous information on their passport have had their application for an amendment approved, contrary to what IRCC officially says.
How can you amend your Record of Landing even if your documents contained the mistake? Here are some tips:
- Submit as much supporting documentation as possible. CIC requires that you submit documents to support your application such as a copy of the passport you used at the time of your landing and ID documents issued before you came to Canada. The chances that your application will be approved are much higher the more documentation you submit. If you don’t have these documents, CIC does not have much information to work with to allow them to see why your document should be corrected. So, if the original passport is missing, submit copies of all the other passports you have had since.
- Submit certified translations. CIC requires that all documents that are not in French or English be accompanied by a certified translation. This includes birth certificates, hospital records, and ID documents. Do not submit translations that you or a family member has done as this will reflect poorly on your application, or they could not be accepted at all.
- Submit a complete application. All applicants have to include a copy of a current photo ID and a copy of their Record of Landing containing the mistake. Make sure to include these documents. If your original Record of Landing is missing, apply for a replacement before you apply for the amendment. If you don’t have a photo ID, go get one. Incomplete applications are much less likely to be approved, and CIC may return the application to you without processing it until you can provide the information.
The information that is on your Record of Landing is your official information in Canada. This means that if your true date of birth is November 1, 1950 but your Record of Landing says that your date of birth is November 1, 1960, the Canadian government will recognize your date of birth as November 1, 1960. This could cause you to lose out on valuable benefits such as your pension.
You owe it to yourself to make sure that your information on file with the government is accurate.