Immigration Status Documents Issued by the Canadian Government (2024)

Canadian Visa's

The objectives of the Immigration Status documents are to achieve the following:

  • (a) to permit Canada to pursue the maximum social, cultural and economic benefits of immigration;
  • (b) to enrich and strengthen the social and cultural fabric of Canadian society, while respecting the federal, bilingual and multicultural character of Canada;
  • (b.1) to support and assist the development of minority official languages communities in Canada;
  • (c) to support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy, in which the benefits of immigration are shared across all regions of Canada;
  • (d) to see that families are reunited in Canada;
  • (e) to promote the successful integration of permanent residents into Canada, while recognizing that integration involves mutual obligations for new immigrants and Canadian society;
  • (f) to support, by means of consistent standards and prompt processing, the attainment of immigration goals established by the Government of Canada in consultation with the provinces;
  • (f.1) to maintain, through the establishment of fair and efficient procedures, the integrity of the Canadian immigration system;
  • (g) to facilitate the entry of visitors, students and temporary workers for purposes such as trade, commerce, tourism, international understanding and cultural, educational and scientific activities;

Also Read : Easy Steps to Apply for a Canadian Work Permit Visa (2024)

Objectives — refugees

  • (2) The objectives of this Act with respect to refugees are
  • (a) to recognize that the refugee program is in the first instance about saving lives and offering protection to the displaced and persecuted;
  • (b) to fulfil Canada’s international legal obligations with respect to refugees and affirm Canada’s commitment to international efforts to provide assistance to those in need of resettlement;
  • (c) to grant, as a fundamental expression of Canada’s humanitarian ideals, fair consideration to those who come to Canada claiming persecution;
  • (d) to offer safe haven to persons with a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, as well as those at risk of torture or cruel and unusual treatment or punishment;

Temporary residents (IMM 1442)

Canadian Government issues the IMM 1442 document to all temporary residents authorized to enter and remain in Canada.

The contents of the IMM 1442 depend on the resident’s status. We issue documents for

  • study permits
  • work permits
  • visitor records
  • Temporary Resident Permits (TRP)

These documents cannot be

  • used for travel
  • used as an identity document
  • laminated or altered in any way (altered or laminated documents are not valid)

Study permit

Canada issues study permits to foreign nationals  so they can study at designated learning institutions (DLIs) in Canada, usually for periods longer than 6 months.

It includes

  • the institute where they study
  • if their travel within Canada is restricted
  • the date they need to leave Canada

Work permit

The Canadian Government issues work permits to foreign nationals so they can work in Canada. Most foreign nationals need a work permit to legally work in Canada.

It includes

  • the type of work they can do
  • the employer they can work for
  • where they can work
  • how long they can work (up to 5 years)

Visitor record

The Canadian Government issues visitor records to both visa-required and visa-exempt foreign nationals to

  • extend or limit their stay in Canada beyond the 6-month standard
  • specify conditions during their stay

It includes

  • the conditions of their stay
  • the date which they must leave Canada
  • the purpose of their stay in Canada

Temporary Resident Permit

The Canadian Government issues Temporary Resident Permits (TRP) under exceptional circumstances to foreign nationals who are inadmissible. They grant special authorization to enter or remain in Canada temporarily.

TRPs are usually valid for between 6 to 12 months.

Refugee Protection Claimant Document

We issue Refugee Protection Claimant Documents (RPCD) to refugee claimants after we refer their claims to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).


  • confirms you either
    • made a refugee claim (either eligible or not), or
    • have been referred to the Immigration and Refugee board of Canada.
  • shows you’re covered for health coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program.

A RPCD does not

  • explain the conditions for health coverage
  • provide the authorized period of stay and length of health coverage

Permanent Residents

Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)

The Canadian Government issues a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) to foreign nationals either

  • before they travel to Canada, or
  • when they land in Canada

It confirms their permanent resident status before they get their permanent resident card.

The CoPR includes

  • the official date of landing
  • where they landed
  • medical exam details
  • any conditions of stay

Permanent resident card

A permanent resident (PR) card proves that the holder has permanent resident status in Canada. If they travel abroad, they must show this card and their passport to return to Canada.

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