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Old Apr 23rd 2022, 3:58 pm
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Hi guys, we had originally decided to move to Vancovuer in May but are having to delay (my COPR is valid until November) - what is the process for landing and not declaring im landing to start my residency? do I just land and not say anything or do i need to actively tell the border agent i have a COPR but don't want to activate yet?
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Old Apr 23rd 2022, 4:00 pm
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Originally Posted by jamesy2 View Post
Hi guys, we had originally decided to move to Vancovuer in May but are having to delay (my COPR is valid until November) - what is the process for landing and not declaring im landing to start my residency? do I just land and not say anything or do i need to actively tell the border agent i have a COPR but don't want to activate yet?
I'm a bit confused, you want to delay landing, but you're still travelling to Canada, is that right? Why can't you land then?
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Correct, we are going to do a recce trip and there's a possibility our move gets cancelled completely so i don't want to activate it and then never go back if that makes sense?

Basically we need more time in the UK and are having some doubts so are planning to go out to Vancouver for a couple weeks and see how we feel, and then move properly before my COPR expires in Nov, probably Sep/Oct
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Correct, we are going to do a recce trip and there's a possibility our move gets cancelled completely so i don't want to activate it and then never go back if that makes sense?

Basically we need more time in the UK and are having some doubts so are planning to go out to Vancouver for a couple weeks and see how we feel, and then move properly before my COPR expires in Nov, probably Sep/Oct
From your previous threads it looks like you've applied under spousal sponsorship, is that right?
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correct yea
In which case, I'd recommend you land and activate it. Once you've done that, you keep PR as long as you are living with your Canadian spouse, wherever that may be in the world. So you can land, get PR, then live outside of Canada for the next 10, 20 or 50 years, but you'll remain a PR. It would save you having to apply again in the future if you ever wanted to move another time.

But in answer to your original question, yes you can just tell them you don't want to activate your PR when you arrive. https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Landi..._.22landing.22

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Thats interesting, i did not know that! - i thought the PR expired after 5 years and i had to spend 2 years resident in Canada to keep it valid?
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Thats interesting, i did not know that! - i thought the PR expired after 5 years and i had to spend 2 years resident in Canada to keep it valid?
For most people, yes. But for spouses of Canadian citizens, they keep it if they are with that spouse.

https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpce...um=1466&top=10

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https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Resid...gations-Canada

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Thank you! - sorry, one more question, would doing that make me a tax resident of Canada or would i still be tax resident here in the UK
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Thank you! - sorry, one more question, would doing that make me a tax resident of Canada or would i still be tax resident here in the UK
You'd still be tax resident in the UK.
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Thats interesting, i did not know that! - i thought the PR expired after 5 years and i had to spend 2 years resident in Canada to keep it valid?
Wow! How lucky you’ve been that someone with the relevant experience has picked up on this and advised you. I’m just surprised it wasn’t made clear through the documentation etc that you’ve received to date?
It could be a relevant area of interest to me because my daughter is married to an American and moving to Canada (she’s dual Brit/Canadian) could be on the cards sometime. When I did a bit of ‘google research’ a while ago, I thought part of the spousal visa was a requirement to move to Canada within a certain time frame but now presume that’s an incorrect assumption or wrongly remembered, from this thread.
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If the sponsor is a Canadian citizen living exclusively outside of Canada, the sponsor would have to declare on one of the sponsorship forims the intention to move back to Canada as soon as the spouse is granted a PR Visa. The sponsor would have to provide evidence within the application that they would do so.

On the other hand, it is also correct that a Permanent Resident maintains their status if they live with their Canadian citizen spouse outside of Canada.
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Default Re: Landing in Canada but NOT activating COPR?

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If the sponsor is a Canadian citizen living exclusively outside of Canada, the sponsor would have to declare on one of the sponsorship forims the intention to move back to Canada as soon as the spouse is granted a PR Visa. The sponsor would have to provide evidence within the application that they would do so.

On the other hand, it is also correct that a Permanent Resident maintains their status if they live with their Canadian citizen spouse outside of Canada.
Thanks for that clarification- I hadn’t checked thoroughly recently but what you’ve said makes sense - I was mixing up two situations.
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