What to do after Receiving Permanent Residency Approval Letter

After receiving your approval letter for permanent residency in Canada, it can take another 1-2 months for your PR Card to arrive. This is the normal time taken for the PR card processing. A few formalities one should take into account –

  • On landing in Canada, it is advisable to first visit the Service Canada office and get your Social Insurance Number (SIN), a number that one needs to become permissible to work in Canada, and also pay ones taxes.
  • The next step requires you to contact the department of motor vehicles in the province that you are immigrating into and obtain a Canadian Driver’s Licence.
  • Apply for your health care coverage at a designated office. Do inquire about the province-based requirements in getting a health care coverage. Each province or territory might have different requirements and conditions. It is advisable to have a travel health insurance when you arrive in Canada till the time your health coverage application gets Processed in Canada. This is to be sure that you have yourself covered in case of a health emergency.
  • Your Permanent Residency Card is valid for up to 5 years from the date of authorization. For renewal of the PR card after the expiration of five years, you must demonstrate that you stayed in Canada for at least 2 years out of 5. This time period of two years can be sporadically spread across the five-year time period.