PPR in Canadian immigration is simply a passport request from the IRCC that shows you are almost on the verge of becoming a permanent resident of the country. It is more or less the last stage of the Express Entry program and it comes after you must have satisfactorily responded to the invitation to apply for permanent residence and paid the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF).

Without doubts, both the fee and PPR are necessary to finalize all applications. Regardless of the immigration pathway you choose to take, the process of your application, evaluation, and approval is virtually the same.  If you meet the eligibility requirements of your program and are deemed fit to be granted entry into the country, you will most definitely receive a passport request (PPR).

When you get your PPR Canada notification, you’ll have 30 days to submit your passport and other requirements. Have it in mind that this PPR letter will tell you precisely what you need to do, including the format of photos for a permanent resident card.

If you are from a visa-exempt country, this PR letter will in clear terms specify how you can send a photocopy of the biodata page of your passport and, if applicable, the biodata page of the passports of your accompanying spouse and dependent children.

For applicants from visa-required countries, this PPR letter will describe how you should send your valid passport and, if applicable, the valid passports of your accompanying spouse and dependent children. Once the passport procedure is over, you will get confirmation of permanent residence. It takes approximately 6 months to get PPR (Passport Request), but it varies based on your program and stream.

Top Tips to Help Your Through Your PPR Journey

You need to realize that the PPR process can be a very thorough one and it can be frustrating to just have to wait without being able to do anything to hasten the process. Nonetheless, there are tips to help you during this process, and these tips include;

  1. Ensure you understand the requirements

Arranging all the documents noted on your PPR letter can be a very challenging and daunting process. You wouldn’t want to mess up this last stage of your visa application, especially after you must have scaled through other processes to get to this stage. Owing to that, make sure that you read the PPR letter carefully and note all the necessary directives.

For instance, you will be required to submit electronic photos as part of their complete e-application. Make sure that these photos comply with Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC’s) Permanent Resident Card Photo Specifications.

  1. Gather all documentation before the time

The documents you need will include your passport and identification documents, language test results, employment information and job offer, and financial certification. If you fail to submit all the documentation or the documents you send aren’t complete or within date, you could encounter fatal delays in the COPR approval.

  1. Ensure your identification documents are in date

Once you get a PPR letter, it simply means you have successfully scaled through all immigration processes and your passport is ready to get the visa to enter Canada. Owing to that, it is recommended you start arranging your identification document and also plan on how to get to your point of entry to catch your flight to Canada.

When you get into the border or airport, Canadian officials should be able to verify that you are who you say you are and they use identification documents to do that. Therefore, if your identification documents are old, expired, or due to expire within the next 6 months, you should probably renew them.

  1. Know what You are bringing with you

It is also important you start to take note of things like appliances and other household items you will need to buy once you get into Canada. It is also important to understand the exact documents you’ll need for crossing the border. This may include your passport, proof of Canadian residency (e.g. utility bills, bank statements), and if you’re moving with children, their birth certificates, and other important paperwork.

  1. Get to know about Canadian health insurance and other benefits

Also, take your time to obtain vast information concerning your health insurance plan, know if it is valid in Canada, or if it kicks off from the very first day you get into Canada.

Even before you get to Canada, you can start making plans for your health insurance and start searching for genuine coverage at least for your first 90 days in the country. Also get to know as much as you can about the other benefits you may be entitled to as a newcomer to Canada, such as the Child Tax Benefit and the GST/HST Credit.


Agreeably the most exciting step in the immigration process, the PPR is more or less the very final step before you receive confirmation of permanent residence. The IRCC will request your passport to finalize your application. Once you do that, all you now need to do is prepare to land.

Ensure to keep your passport and COPR very safe, it is very vital and immigration in Canada will look at it. You would only have to show up at a port of entry into Canada with those documents, once your documents have been reviewed and confirmed, you will be let into the country.