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What to Do When You Get a Passport Request (PPR)

What to Do When You Get a Passport Request PPR

If all goes well and the visa officer handling your application has no further questions or requests, they will issue a passport request. This is the second to the last process in acquiring an immigrant status (PR), the last being able to land in Canada and securing a PR card.

By default, passport requests come from the Ottawa visa office (VO). The letter that you will receive, in both your personal mail and MyCIC mail will instruct you to send your passport/s (including your dependents) to Canada. This is not the case for applicants outside Canada. They initially send a template mail, which may not be applicable to all applicants. You should email CPC-CTD-Ottawa@cic.gc.ca that you are requesting to change the visa office that will issue your visa. For instance, if you live in the Philippines, you should request the Ottawa office to change the visa issuer to the Manila visa office. I work in Singapore and my dependents live in the Philippines, so my request was for me to have the visa issued here in Singapore and my dependents in Manila. They responded within the day. You’ll know that your visa office has changed when you get another Passport Request Letter from the visa office that you requested to be transferred to.

Now that you have the letter, you only have 30 days to submit your passport. If you’re VO is from Singapore and Manila, you cannot submit the passport directly to the visa office, you need to pass it through VFS Philippines and for my case VFS Singapore. They are the only accredited passport transport service by the Canadian embassy.

Since I was in Manila during the first week of August, I was the one who submitted my wife and daughter’s passports in VFS Manila. Note that each VFS offices have a specific time on when you can submit and collect the passports (you can check it on their website). We have to learn it the hard way when we came in at 3:01 PM and the cutoff was 3:00 PM. Well, we were not allowed to enter so I need to come back the next day.

Be sure to bring the following:

  • At least two copies of the Passport Request Letter
  • The passports that you will be submitting; and
  • The photos that conform to the standards suggested in the Passport Request Letter (bring the letter to a reputable photography studio for the instructions on photo size).

I suggest not bringing any other stuff (including phones) as these are not allowed inside the center. You may rent a temporary bin though for PHP 100. Staffs were very polite and helpful. You can opt to have your passports delivered for a fee of course, or you can collect them. We chose to have it delivered. Total cost was PHP 1730 for my wife’s and daughter’s passports, including the delivery charge.

As soon as I was in Singapore, I passed my passport in VFS Singapore. They are not so strict here as bags and mobile phones were allowed inside the center. Manila and Singapore centers have almost the same process except that there is no option to have your passports delivered (not so sure about this since the staff that I talked to didn’t offer me this service). The cost here in Singapore is SGD 33.20.

After two weeks, my wife and daughter got their passports already, mine was available for pick-up after three weeks. You will receive your passport with visa as well as the Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) document that you will need to present to an immigration officer in a Canadian port where you will be landing.

So, after 220 days (plus ECA and IELTS review and result), we have acquired our visa. We have been really lucky to be able to have acquired a visa in less than a year. Previously, it will take year. Take this as a testament that Express Entry works. It may be a new system, but the Canadian government is working hard to continuously improve it. You can’t discount the help given by the forums, blogs and online guides since these are true stories, stories and experiences that are unique to each applicant, but if you’ll search hard enough and invest time in researching, you’ll have a greater understanding of the process.

What’s left for us is to plan our moving date, buy plane tickets and pack our things. All of which will entail lots of work.

I’ll keep everyone posted.

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179 Comments

  • Reply totoypinoy |

    Hello! Thank you for this entry. I am also waiting for my PPR request and I work in Singapore.

    If I resign and renounce my Singapore PR and move back to Phil while waiting for PPR, will there be any issue? I do plan to update CIC with my change of address by sending a CSE.

    If I do not resign and just wait here in Singapore, I guess I will be doing the same as you since my wife and kid are in PHil.

    Please advise! Thanks!

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Mark,

      I suggest you don’t renounce your Singapore PR yet. It’s hard to get PR there nowadays. If you can renounce it outside SG through mail or online, then the more reason for you to keep it. Think of it as your safety net if all else fails (I like Plan Bs alot :D).

      If you did decide to resign and renounce your SG PR while your PPR is not yet given; I think it’s ok. When you receive your PPR you can just write to CIC about the situation and that you would like the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines to issue the PPR and Visa.

      Hope everything goes well. God bless you and your family.

  • Reply Mezen |

    Hi Guys,

    I received a PPR request on the 10 of Jan and I sent an email to CPC-Ottawa on the 11 of Jan requesting to change the visa office to the local one near to me in Tunisia, I got an automatic reply from them few minutes after my email.

    I sent a follow up to my email on the 18 of Jan again another automatic reply and until today still nothing from them.

    Any idea what to do now?

    Please share if you have any help regarding this issue.

    Kind regards.
    Mezen

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Mezen,

      In my experience, I try to send it during office hours in Canada 9AM-4PM EST. Why? So someone will read it. If you send it at night, it might just get buried with other emails. This may or may not work, but it did work for me. Hope you get your reply soon. God bless.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Chie |

    Hello! Did your dependents fill-up Appendix B form or only the principal applicant should fill up the form? Currently, i’m in Canada while dependents are staying in the Philippines.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Chie,

      Are you pertaining to Appendix A? Wherein you need to enter your, spouse’s and children’s details? If I remember correctly, since I am submitting the passport to different visa offices, I filled out and included a copy for each of the submission. Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Mark

  • Reply Austine |

    Hello!

    I received an email regarding medicals and submission of additional requirements for me and my wife from the canadian embassy in singapore. I also submitted the above mentioned here in singapore. Do you think our visa office will be in singapore already and not in manila? I am working in singapore while my wife is in the Philippines.

    Thank you.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Austine,

      Most likely yes. When you get the PPR, you can request through email to transfer your wife’s visa office to Manila so it is easier.

      God bless and good luck on your application.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Narendra |

    Hi, Currently I am based in Canada and I got my PPR mail on 16th May 2017. On the same day I sent a mail to CPP office in Ottawa to know the process about how to send the passports of my family in Hyd, India to get stamped. Till now I got no reply. But I left with only 15 more days to submit my family passports. I have already sent my passport to Ottawa office. I am little worried about the time lines. Any suggestions pls

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Narendra,

      First of all, thank you for reading my blog. You are supposed to get two PPR one for you there and one in India. So if you only got one, just like what happened to me, I emailed CIC and got a reply in 4 days. In terms of following up, there’s really not much we can do. Have you tried calling? I suggest try to be more persistent in emailing and calling CIC until you get a reply. Nonetheless, if indeed your 15 days are up and you did not get a response by that time, I believe you can make an appeal to CIC. But, let’s cross the bridge when you get there.

      I do hope you get your reply soon.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Kulbir Singh |

    Hello, I have got the passport request letter from CIC India but currently i am out of India. Can i ask them to transfer my visa to Senegal as i am working in Senegal.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Kulbir,

      If they have an embassy in Senegal and they do process visa there, then you can email CIC. Same thing with what I did when I was in Singapore.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply svaid |

    thanks for the blog. my situation might be a bit closer.
    I already submitted my profile on 31.3.2017 without paying the RPRF fees.
    On June 12 2017, they asked me to pay RPRF Fees and i paid the same on June 13.

    I wish to make a travel to the USA during mid-july to early august for around 20-25 days.
    My question is if during this time, if the CIC asks me to submit passport to the local visa office (which i assume is delhi since I love here and this is where from I moved application )
    how am i going to travel? is there a way i can tell them that i will submit once i am back from my travel?
    if the passport submission is asked any time sooner than my travel dates, then within how many days is the passport returned?
    to cut it short:
    1. Within how many days the CIC can ask for passport submission in my case?
    2. Within how many days do they return the passport?
    3. Will they entertain my plea to let me submit the passport once i am back from travel?

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing. It is really useful. We got out PPR today and we live in Singapore. We are looking for a photo studio that takes photo according to the requirement of CIC. Can you please indicate which photo studio you used and few other reliable and good ones?

    Thanks,
    Neeraja

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Neeraja,

      You’re welcome. Unfortunately, we didn’t have our pictures taken in Singapore. We did it in the Philippines. Just bring the specifications to any professional photography studio and they’ll know what to do.

      Good luck and welcome to Canada in advance.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing. It is really useful. We got out PPR today and we live in Singapore. We are looking for a photo studio that takes photo according to the requirement of CIC. Can you please indicate which photo studio you used and few other reliable and good ones?

    Thanks,
    Neeraja

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi Kulas,

    Thank you once again for your quick reply. Do you live in Toronto? How do you find the life there moving from Singapore? Was it easy to find a job?

    Thanks,
    Neeraja

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi Kulas,

    So happy to hear? How is the weather? My only worry is weather. Is the weather too harsh? From Singapore -> Toronto a big transition. 🙂

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi Kulas,
    Is the work culture hectic than Singapore? I believe it is laid-back in Canada. Is that right?

  • Reply SVaid |

    Hello,
    I am travelling to the US from July 10 to August 5.
    I am worried that if i get a passport submission request during these days or before, it might clash with my itinerary.
    i am just hoping that i dont get the passport submission request until i return from the US.
    However, even if i do, is there a way i can communicate to the visa officer that i will be able to submit the passport only when i return from the states?
    this thing has been making me really tensed and i am not able to enjoy planning my US trip as much i want to.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi SVaid,

      Check when the deadline is for submitting your passport. As long as you submit it before the deadline, you should be good. Nonetheless, if you receive it within your travel to the US, try to email them telling them that you are travelling during that time and if you can have an extension.

      Good luck to you and enjoy your travel.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply svaid |

        thanks for your reply.
        I heard and read that they give a 30 days time.
        i am going for 25 days approx.
        if i get before my travel date, its going to be hectic.
        if i make a request for extension, will they entertain my request?

        • Reply Neetu |

          Hi SVaid,
          Going through a similar situation here. Received PPR today but will be travelling to Australia for a week from 23rd July to 3rd August. We are just left with 5 days of which 3 are holidays. Really confused. Did you make a request for extension? Where did you mail to? Any leads on this would be so helpful. Please reply.

          • svaid |

            I got a lot request on July10 to submit within30 days. I am returning to India on August 5.
            I should be able to submit mine within time.

            I asked my consultant ..he said that if my travel dates and pot clashes I could have asked for extension.
            can you send them an email and check ? maybe you could submit while you are in Australia itself…tell me how it goes…

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi Kulas,

    When we submit passport for Visa to VFS after the PPR, do we need to submit all passports or current passport alone?

    Thanks

  • Reply Prem Kailash |

    Hi Kulas,

    I received the Final Request from Ottawa office asking for my passports. I have already submitted it along with my photographs. Does the reception of this letter mean that i am on my way to get my PR? Another important question. I am single and i applied for PR with this status. When can safely get married without any deduction in my overall marks.

    Thanks
    Prem

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Prem,

      Yes, that means they are giving you a visa. Congratulations. Regarding you, getting married, if you have landed in Canada, you are considered a PR. If you get married after that, I think it will be ok. Then you can petition your wife.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Tina George |

    Hi.. I am from India. I have applied through express entry. Last week I got a mail with subject “Ready for visa” and requested to submit the original passport and our photos with specified size. I have send my passport to the Canada embassy office at Delhi on 18 th July 2017. How many days it will take to get my PR visa stamped. When to book our flight tickets to Canada? Thanks in advance

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Tina,

      It depends. It took us 2 weeks to get the passport back after submitting it. As long as you land in Canafa before th expiration of your visa, you should be good. If money is not an issue, you can book right away. It’s always cheaper to buy tickets on a non-peak season and the longer your flight date from today, the cheaper it gets.

      Congratulations and welcome to Canada in advance.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Neeraja |

    Hi Kulas,

    I got PPR and sent my passport to SG Visa office. Do they send an email about the outcome before we receive the passport?
    It has been more than 2 weeks since I submitted the passport to VFS in SG.

    Thanks very much,
    Vidhya

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Neeraja,

      They will let you know through email/sms when your passport is ready for pickup. It took me 3 weeks if I remember it right. You’re almost there. Hang on.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Anvesh Gandepally |

    Hi Kulas,
    First of all thanks for ur blog its very helpful and handy for those simple details which most people
    Miss out on.
    I have got my PPR mail on june 22 asking for passports from Ottawa office, but am not in USA anymore so i requested for change of VO for stmaping to Dlehi office.
    I didnt hear back about the mail till today ( july 30, 2017) I called CIC and mailed hem they said they sent out mail twice already and let us know if u disnt receive the mail, which I did , now am
    in spot where I cannot do anything but wait its been more than a month i got my PPR mail but no Visa yet for landing. Its like habing ur cake but not being able to eat it.
    Any suggestions from ur side or from anyone are totally welcome

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Anvesh,

      You’re welcome. Try to follow-up every now and then. If you can reply to them through the original email, please do. Based from one reader, that’s how she got a response.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Cee Jay |

    I just received an update on MYCIC account indicating that I passed the medical examination. Please what will happen next and how long? Is it possible to expect PPR when the other columns still shows the documents are being reviewed, background check is in progress, etc? Thanks.

  • Reply Ahmed |

    Hi, your blog is really useful.

    Actually i received my PPR on 03 Augusta nd they asked to submit my passort to my local VO in Islamabad in 30 days. The problem is my passport is currently not available with me, as it is with another embassy for a visa process and might take sometime. In this case, what should I do? Should I email to the same address I got “Request for Visa” email from and tell them about my situation and a possibility of deadline extension or what should I do?

    I am really worried now.

    Thanks,

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Ahmed,

      I suggest you let them know. Email them by replying to the same email they sent you regarding your PPR.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply plbabu |

    Hi Kulas,

    I recently paid my RPRF after a request from Cic and my application status for BG says NA and no additional documents are required. I am hoping to get a PPR soon. I heard the Passport should be valid for 1 year after PPR. When I got ITA, it was 1 year and 4 months and when I submitted my application it was 1 year and 2 months. Now I am waiting for PPR, and there is only 10 months for passport expiry. If and when PPR comes, can I send my passport with less than 1 year validity?

    Many thanks
    PL Babu

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi PL,

      if you are landing in Canada 6 months before it expires, I think you are good. If not, ask them if you can renew and send a new passport.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Pari |

    Hi kulas,
    Yesterday my status changed from processing to Decision Made .
    But still I didn’t get any email yet .
    What will be the next procedure?

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Pari,

      I hope I have a better answer but my answer is for you wait. 🙂 As long as 6 months since your AOR is not yet up, that is not a problem. You might reveive it next week.

      Good luck.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Cee Jay |

    Hi,
    What should I expect? My two previous applications were cancelled as incomplete because;
    i) in the first, i didn’t upload the medical report— lasted (March 28, 2017 – May 30, 2017)
    ii) in the second, i didn’t realize my police certificate was more than 6 months as at the date i filled the application — lasted from (June 8, 2017 – July 6, 2017)

    Current Application
    Application sent in – July 24, 2017
    AOR Received – July 24
    Medical passed – Aug 4

    Application status — We are processing your application. We will send you a message when there is an update or if we need more information from you. Help
    Review of eligibility —We are reviewing whether you meet the eligibility requirements. Help
    Review of medical results— You passed the medical exam. Help
    Review of additional documents— The additional documents you provided are being reviewed. Help
    Interview— You do not need an interview. We will send you a message if this changes. Help
    Biometrics— We do not need your fingerprints. We will send you a message if this changes. Help
    Background check —Your application is in progress. We will send you a message when we start your background check. Help
    Final decision— Your application is in progress. We will send you a message once the final decision has been made.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Cee Jay,

      All you can do is wait and hope for the best. What you can ensure is that you have the complete requirements uploaded. All the best to you.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Govind Patwal |

    Kulas, hi there! appreciate the time you take to reply to every post.

    Time to help me, I got a passport request email today, at the same time we are expecting a baby around Oct 31, 2017. Ideally would like to get a PR for all 3 of us (my wife, baby and my) together, is that possible? Also is their a time by which one has to land in Canada and can that be extended? I want to have a job before landing and the baby to be like 1 year at the time of landing. Also am looking to switch my job profile so would like to accumulate some experience in the new profile.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Govind,

      I think the best way is to contact CIC about your situation. Im not sure how this will work out. I think, you have two options. One is to bring your wife to Canada before her due date (I’m not sure if she can ride the plane anymore) and have her give birth here (note, you might not have health coverage yet depending on the province) or probably petition your child after your wife gives birth. These are not professional suggestions ok, you can always check with CIC.

      You have to land before the visa expires and no, you cannot extend it unless you request a new one.

      For your job, it’s totally up to you. You have control over that.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Edward Ortiz |

    Hi Kulas,
    I received my PPR letter today and the required documents include confirmed travel itinerary/ticket for my travel to Canada. How did you book your ticket because the validity of the visa is not yet mentioned from the letter. I don’t know when I should book the ticket.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Edward,

      Visa expires one year from the date of your medical exam usually. So you can use it a s a guide.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply svaid |

    I received the PR visa for Canada on August 9, 2017 and the latest date by which I should make an entry is February 27, 2018. The destination port mentioned for me is Toronto. I intend to travel in January, since I just got back from the States. My query is:

    1. What can I do to protect myself from the harsh cold and snow storms?
    2. Do I still need to maintain the funds requirement at the time of entry at the port?
    3. Can I use some funds in the interim (until I reach Canada) and replenish them?
    4. What is the process and things I should take care of when I reach there with respect to the visa formalities?

    Appreciate your guidance.

    Regards,

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Svaid,

      See my answers below:

      1. Well there are a lot of stores where you can buy winter gears. These things when bought during the winter season can be very expensive. Jackets, gloves and boots are probably your starter gears.

      2. Yes, it is being checked randomly so better be ready with the minimum required amount when you land.

      3. You can, at the end of the day, what matters is how much POF you are bringing to Canada.

      4. I wrote a blog entry for this. http://kulasangeles.com/essential-things-to-bring-when-you-are-migrating-to-canada/ check it out.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply svaid |

        Dear Kulas,

        Thanks again for this blog.
        As I have said on this blog earlier I wish to make first entry after receipt of my COPR in Jan 2018. I intend to get my all paper work done during 2-3 weeks short span while I am there, since I will move there actually in somewhere later part of the year 2018.
        One of my concerns is securing the Permanent Resident Card ( I don’t know what other than that I should be sure of). I was guided that it takes around 30-45 days to get the PR card. And if I travel without receiving it back to India, I will have to apply for a Travel Document to go to Canada. Is that correct? And before the Travel Document is issued to me, I will be asked, why did I ever get back to India without the PR Card and it may raise doubts wrt my immigration decision. I am not sure if this is how it works. What do you suggest Kulas? It’s hard for me to linger around in Canada for more than 2-3 weeks since I will be at my friends place. i was just thinking to make my initial entry and come back. or can i apply for the PR card once i finally go there?

        • Kulas Reply Kulas |

          Hi Svaid,

          PR card application will be part of your landing processing. I believe some people have done this. If I remember it right, what they did was to land in Canada, indicated a friend’s/relative’s address in the PR delivery address then once it is received, their friend/relative send it to them through any delivery method that is applicable. Please check if this is allowed though as I don’t have first hand experience witht this.

          Regards,
          Kulas

          • svaid |

            thanks for the reply kulas. I will try to read this info on cic. I wish I find something.

  • Reply Suman |

    Hello Folks,

    Me and my wife submitted our express entry application under FSW program and waiting for it to be approved by the CIC. We are expecting to get the passport request soon if everything goes fine. However, I am in India right now and my wife is in USA. I will move back to USA sometime in October. In case we get a passport request before that, can we get our passports stamped from India (me) and US (my wife)? Form this blog, looks like its possible, but just wanted to confirm.

    Please explain the process as well to request passport stamping form two different countries.

    Any help is appreciated.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Suman,

      Good luck in getting your PPR. Hope you get it soon. As previously discussed n the comments section, yes it’s possible. All you have to do is tell CIC that you are intending to do that once you get your PPR. What helps is you reply to the same email when requesting it.

      All the best to you.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Hassan |

    Hi Everyone,
    Thanks for the shared experience… I would highly appreciate it if anyone could give me an advice for my case.

    I applied for PR from Canada and now I am visiting my home country (Egypt), where I am going to stay for a couple of months. I already have a valid canadian student Visa. If I received the PPR while I am in Egypt, is there any mechanism to send my passport for visa stamping while I am here?

    Here is my timeline:
    AOR: June 10
    Med Passed: July 15
    Back ground check changed from in progress to not applicable to in progress again. Last change was on August 10.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Hassan,

      I guess you will have to wait as to what visa office you will be assigned to. Most probably there is a VFS global office there If not, check the cic website on who their partner is for Egypt.

      Good luck.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Swati |

    Hi
    Thanks for writing highly useful blogs. This is the only blog I found which is very clear about Canada immigration process. I have my doubt.

    I received a request for submitting passport for visa stamping for Canada PR visa on 10th August 2017. I am in India and I have done my complete visa process from India. Currently I am in India and my husband is in Sydney, Australia and he is dependent in my application. For me, visa office is Delhi and I already sent my passport for stamping.
    For my husband, for changing visa office to Sydney, I sent query to IRCC and delhi-im-enquiry@internation.gc.ca. However I did not get reply from IRCC. From Delhi email, I got reply saying they do not entertain any queries.

    I waited for reply from IRCC for 7 days and again sent query on 22nd Aug. Now today I got reply that they will revert back in 5 days.
    My husband is in Sydney. And he has to send his passport before 7th September. If I don’t get any response from IRCC in a day or two for changing his visa office, what should I do? Where can I contact directly to make it happen?
    Being in India can I directly send Visa office change request to Canada? If yes, kindly help in some contact details.
    I am really tense if we can not send my husband passport within 30 days He may lose his visa.
    Please suggest.
    Regards and Thanks
    Swati

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Swati,

      Thanks for reading my blog. I appreciate your kind words.

      Unfortunately, the only method I know is email. Some folks I believe tried calling but they were put on queue for like hours.

      Back then, I received an email from the CIC office in Canada before getting one from the visa office I was assigned to. Try replying to the original email. Hope everything will work out for you and your husband.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Swati |

        Hello Kulas
        Thanks for replying. Yes I wrote mail to Canada office last week and got reply today in two days. My husband will send his passport next week. Hope everything goes well. Thanks for blogs and replying delicately to everyone’s problems.. This is a great help in a way.
        Keep it up 👍
        Regards
        Swati

  • Reply Pari |

    Thx a lot for giving to all of us your time really appreciated 👏🏻
    Sir I want to ask you that we have family refugee case .
    Alhamdullilah our everything is done as I told u before . We are waiting for PR mail or email .
    Our timeline status is decision made 1 week before now it’s a 2 week .
    Our passport was going to expire on this year on November 2017 which they have the copy also .
    And that’s y we went to passport office for extending our passport for 1 year more . And Alhamdullilah it’s done .
    Now I m confused that we have to send the passport extended date year page or they willl inform us for that
    Or they will inform us whenever the PR mail we recieved ?
    I hope u understand my question

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Pari,

      First of all, you’re welcome. It’s because of you guys that I blog.

      Regarding your question. Where are you right now? Where did you extend your passport validity? If I’m getting it right, if you said your passport was extended, all you have to do is wait for the PPR and follow the instructions once you receive it.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Pari |

        Again thx for replying ☺️
        I am in Pakistan Karachi
        And here in Karachi I extended my family passports for 1 year .

        • Kulas Reply Kulas |

          Hi Pari,

          Let’s wait for your PPR since your passports are now extended.

          Regards,
          Kulas

  • Reply Swati |

    Hello Kulas
    Thanks for replying. Yes I wrote mail to Canada office last week and got reply today in two days. My husband will send his passport next week. Hope everything goes well. Thanks for blogs and replying delicately to everyone’s problems.. This is a great help in a way.
    Keep it up 👍
    Regards
    Swati

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Swati,

      That’s great news! It’s my pleasure to help and welcome to Canada in advance. 🙂

      Regards,
      Kulas

    • Reply Raj |

      Hi Swati,
      I’m in a critical situation I have only 6 days left to submit my passports. May I know to which mail id have you sent the mail. I will use the same mail id to send my change address query to canadian embassy

  • Reply Pari |

    I m really waiting for my PPR
    Do u know in how many weeks it will come ? Any idea ?

  • Reply Tunji |

    Hi,
    I am from Nigeria.
    Got PPR mail today though it was dated 29th August, 2017 and we were given 15days to submit the passport.
    Unfortunately, myself and my wife’s passport got lost and we reported it to CIC on Monday, 28th August, 2017 and we are in a process of getting another one.

    My questions are,
    – where do we submit our passports to?
    – what can we do if the passports are not ready in 15days time?

    Thanks for your quick response.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Tunji,

      The PPR email should contain how you are going yo send your passports.

      Try sending a reply to the same email you got for PPR about your situation. Try doing it now so you can get a reply soon.

      Hope you get this sorted out.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Tunji |

        The mail made reference to Ghana applicants actually but wasn’t so specifically about Nigeria applicants.

        will send the mail as adviced.

        thanks!

    • Reply svaid |

      i dont know how it functions in nigeria but CIC has allotted VFS to handle its visa processes such as tourist visa, PR, work visa etc.
      You must find the closest VFS office. that is where you should be required to submit. but yet again, that is with my limited information and you need to check.

  • Reply Varun |

    Hii,

    I got my passport request and I am getting married in next 20 days, However my status is single as of now.But I want to bring my Spouse along with me.

    Please advise.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Varun,

      I’m not actually sure but I think it’s too late to have him included, but again, I’m not an expert. What you can do is send them an email.

      Whay they usually do is land in Canada and petition their spouses.

      Hope everything goes well and, congratulations on your wedding.

      Regards,
      Kulas

    • Reply svaid |

      Hi Varun,

      That is a tricky situation. Your wife would need to move a separate visa application. If you both intend to move to Canada then she needs to move a seperate PR application and she will earn some points on spouse(you)basis. Once you submit your PPR- you will get a COPR(Confirmation of Permanent Residence). The COPR clearly states that you need to notify if there is any difference in the position when you applied for the PR and at present. Plus, you would need to make entry to Canada within the designated time. The immigration officer/visa officer will ask you the same question. I hope this information helps you. But getting married is no reason why your visa could be denied etc. it may just put in more questions in the visa officers head- like when you will shift to canada…how your wife would move etc…remember you will also have to submit the registration certificate of your marriage…all the best Varun! all will be okay.

  • Reply Amit M |

    Hi Kulas,
    You are doing a great favour to all!!!
    I received my passport submit request last week (PPR) and am submitting it this week. Strangely, it came only by email and is not there in my CIC account! My medical was done in July 2017.

    My question is – until what date is the PR visa valid? I mean how much time do they give to enter Canada? As I am on a contract with my job and I dont want to go twice, once for entering and then again moving homes.

    Thanks and Regards
    Amit

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hey Amit,

      It’s my pleasure to help. A rough estimate of the validity of your visa will be a year since you’ve taken your medical, so around July 2018.

      Congratulations and welcome to Canada in advance.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Rajesh |

    Dear Kulas,
    Thank you for your really helpful blogs,appreciate it.
    Kindly provide me with your advice on the following:
    We have applied for PR visa to Canada ,my wife is the primary applicant,now she is in Canada under student visa pursuing a master degree (when we applied she was in Kuwait).On 17th Aug’2017 we got the PPR in which they are mentioned the time limit for submission as 30/60 days,please clarify we have how many days exactly.
    We are asked to submit the passports at Abu Dhabi Canadian Embassy ,since I’m in Kuwait whether I can submit my passport alone (my wife will do the process in Canada itself) to Abu Dhabi. As a dependent am I allowed to do so?
    Waiting for your feedback.

    Thanks,
    Rajesh

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Rajesh,

      You’re welcome!

      First, the deadlines are set by CIC and your PPR letter has it. Just ensure that you submit it to them before the deadline or email them if you can’t.

      You can definitely submit on your own. That’s what happened to me and my wife. Please be sure that your PPR letters are issued by the offices you will be submitting it to.

      All the best,
      Kulas

  • Reply Varsha |

    Hi Kulas,

    Your blog has been very informative. Thanks !
    I received an email from IRCC on July 3rd 2017, asking me to submit my passport, however since the email was in the junk/spam folder it went unnoticed. And also there were no new messages or status change in my CIC account. I am from India and a consultancy has been helping me with the entire process. Since the 30 day deadline to submit my documents is now exceeded, we have requested IRCC to give me another chance to hand over all my documents. I just wanted to check if you have come across any such queries before and will IRCC oblige to give me another chance?

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Varsha,

      You’te welcome.

      This is the first time I’ve encountered this but we’ve had discussions here about people being able to extend the deadline. Probably our best bet is to wait for their reply and let’s hope for a positive response. It will be okay. 🙂

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply la |

    hi, Kulas, thank you so much for your hospitality, it’s really nice of you to do that.
    so my question is that we already submitted the application and we are waiting for the respond, the thing is we didn’t receive the FBA paper yet and we will not receive it before the deadline. we already sent an explanation letter and we did a background check from California office since we only stayed there and the one from my original country for sure. so, do you know if there is any case that was accepted even without the FBA paper or it’s a reject for sure?
    thank for your time, may god bless you

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi La,

      Is FBA for Canada or US? I haven’t heard of this. Sorry about that.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Erasmus Gyabaah-Frempah |

        Hi Kulas,

        Thanks so much for your very informative blog. I have a quick question.

        I received an email on 19 September, 2017 to submit my passport within 15 days. This communication has however not been posted to my CIC account as of the time of posting this. At the time I was submitting my application, I was living in Ghana but have since moved to the US (I notified the CIC of this change through the web form). The request letter gives options for residents living in Nigeria and Ghana based on the assumption that I still live in Ghana.

        I replied to the email to ask for further clarification of where to send my passport considering my current physical location and I was asked to email CPC-CTD-Ottawa@cic.gc.ca which I have done. The automatic response I got said the standard is for emails to be responded to in 20 business days which is way past the deadline I was given in the passport request letter. Do you think it makes sense to send my passport to the case processing centre in Ottawa as I am concerned I will not hear back before my deadline passes.

        Thanks in advance.

        • Kulas Reply Kulas |

          Hi Erasmus,

          In my experience, we needed to print the letter from CIC as a requirement before we can submit the passport. It will be in the messages row, when you click on the ppr reqeust. There should be a link where you can download the pdf.

          Hope you get this sorted out.

          Regards,
          Kulas

          • Erasmus |

            Thanks, Kulas.

            Like I said, nothing has yet been posted to my CIC account. I check multiple times a day;-). Are you saying I should ignore the letter that came through the email until it has been posted to my CIC account? I am concerned because I only have 9 days to submit my passport as of today.

            From your experience, does it make sense to mail my passport to the CPC in Ottawa, especially given that my emails might not get replied to before the 15 days end.

            Thanks,

            Erasmus

  • Reply la |

    now i’m in US so we need an FBI report to complete the application for canada, we are originally from tunisia and i’m in US as a student.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi La,

      Missing requirements will not necessarily cause rejection right there and then , they will follow-up on it but if it’s required and you do not submit it, then your case will be rejected for sure. Might as well, prepare everything and submit it.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Yke |

    Hi Kulas,

    Nice blog!

    My wife got the following request:
    Height (in CM) and eye color details . This information is required for yourself and each of your dependants. This must be received at this office by: 2017/09/21
     > Passport/Travel Document: Valid passport or travel document . Please provide a copy of the biopage of your passport. This must be received at this office by: 2017/09/21

    We did the upload and now we are wondering if this is a PPR cos a friend of hers thinks so.

    What’s your take?

    Thank you.

  • Reply Sukriti |

    Hi Kulas,

    My husband and I have received a request from CPCO today to submit our passports for stamping. My husband is a marine engineer and currently sailing in Europe on a four months contract. Should I get in touch with the embassy asking them to give us extension till January end to submit our passports? Are you aware of any such cases where applicants have received around 3-4 months extension?

    Thanks
    Sukriti

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Sukriti,

      I am not sure about how long they can extend. But, you can always ask them for whatever is feasible. Tell them your situation and most of the time they are reasonable based on other’s experiences. Good luck.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Vijin |

    Thanks for the awesome Blog. I am in the same boat as most of the people here. I got my Passport request on Sep 1st and have sent multiple mails to the CPC Ottawa office (directly replying to the mail, through the Web form etc). I am currently in New Zealand with my family and was asked to submit the passports to VFS India. I have asked them if I can submit it to a VFS office in New Zealand . No response yet. I will send mails again.

    Can some one provide the phone number of the CPC office? I could not get it from the cic site.

    Thanks,
    Vijin

    • Reply Fasiha Azad |

      Hello i applied from new zealand as well. I directly posted the passport to the sydney office of consulate general of canada. Yoy can do that as well. The only vac in new zealand is in Auckland. All the best

      • Kulas Reply Kulas |

        Hi Fasiha,

        It will be sent to the email linked to your MyCIC account and should also appear in your MyCIC acct.

        Regards,
        Kulas

  • Reply Fasiha Azad |

    Hello thanks for this thread. I received ready for visa email asking yo submit my passport but i received it in my email only and not in cic account. Is that usual? I hope i have nothing to worry about?

    • Reply Vijin |

      Hi Fasiha,

      Same thing for me, I just got a mail in the mail address linked with my CIC account, I have not got a message in the account itself. Not sure what to make of it.

      I have sent multiple mails to CPO office and not heard anything back yet.

      What number can I ring the office on?

      Regards,
      Vijin

  • Reply Raj |

    Hi,

    I had received a mail on 8th Sept from CIC with subject Ready for Visa , and have been requested to submit the passport at Canada Embassy, Vienna.
    I am an Indian citizen and currently on a work permit in Switzerland.

    I have to travel to India end of this month to register for my marriage and later in November last week for the function. I have dropped a mail to to cic regarding the situation but have not heard yet.

    How long will it take to get back the passport as without it I want be be able to travel.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Raj,

      To tell you honestly, I have no idea how long. But, there should be estimated processing time. Ours for example took 2 weeks for us to get the passport back. Check with your local VFS.

      Congrats on your wedding by the way.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Raj |

        Thanks Kulas.

        in the mail its mentioned “you must follow the instructions below within 30 days of the date of this letter”. I infer from this is I have to submit the passport within 30 days(as India is not in Visa exempt country list) and I can send the same at VFS Germany or directly to Canada Embassy Vienna.

        Considering the given time line I have to submit the documents by 8th Oct and I will be back in Zurich on 2nd and I can send the passport after that only.

        I need to have my passport back by 15th-20 Nov as I have to travel again for the function. Should I wait for an input/suggestion from CIC side or send the passport to Vienna office on 2nd Oct.

        • Kulas Reply Kulas |

          Raj,

          That’s what I’m saying. Given the complexity of your situation, submit it the earliest. If it’s VFS it will take around 2-3weeks. Not sure how long it will take if it’s from the Canada Embassy.

          Or if you can have your deadline extended that will work too but think about it, 2 months from now is a lot of time to finish the process.

          Regards,
          Kulas

  • Reply Nitika |

    Hello kulas!!!
    First of all thanks for such a informative n awesome blog,really helping us to know about our queries.
    I also have a question regarding my spouse visa.
    On 28 July- received medical request
    8 August – approval of medical
    14 August- received mail from New Delhi high commission for police clearance certificate and receipt of spouse visa fees, dat I have submitted already.
    So it’s been a months since I m waiting for my passport request to come. Could u pls tell me how much time will it take to come as m really worried?
    Thanks n regards

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Nitika,

      Worrying won’t help you. Relax. 🙂 No one knows when they will send the PPR but so far they have been true to their promise to complete the processing within 6 months from AOR. If it’s not more than that on your case, then you are still good.

      Regards,
      Kulas

    • Reply Anil |

      Hi Nitika,
      Because of Students VISA more primary between July Mid to Sep first week, they will delay most of the other application.

  • Reply Vijin |

    Hi Kulas,

    Do all the members of the application receive an individual mail for submitting the passports? In the mail I got from the CPCO office it only mentioned my UCI and not that of the family members.
    Considering that I am the primary applicant, I am wondering if the mail sent to me implies I send all our passports for verification?

    Thanks!
    Vijin

  • Reply nitin k |

    Hello,

    I have submitted my passport to VFS on dated 06-09-2017 for PR Visa and i am still waiting.
    Submitted CHC Delhi.

    How long they take for issuing visa.

    Thanks
    Nitin

  • Reply RajBangalore |

    Hi Kulas,
    When I applied for Canada PR I was in India , Received an e-mail on 26th Aug to submit the passport to Bangalore-India VFS office but Now I’m in UTAH – USA.
    I have only 5 days left now. Submitted a query in IRCC webform today for the change of address.
    I’m worried that if I don’t get a reply from CIC and miss the dead line what would happen?
    Do you have any CIC email Id or Phone Number where I can ger quicker response.
    If anybody faced this issue please mail me on how to extend the timeline to my id raj.basav.k@gmail.com

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Raj,

      Reply to the same email where you got your PPR. Do it during weekdays and during EST day. Probably adding an [Important] in the subject will help too. Good luck to you.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Raoul |

    Hi Kulas,

    The information here is just golden.. thanks Mate 🙂 I have submitted my passport on the 8th of September thru VFS singapore and have a business trip planned for 10th Oct.. do u think I can make it? Or should I mail them. also .. what is ur take on Vancouver and Victoria? Is it ok to visit in December? Please let me know

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Raoul,

      You’re welcome! Usually it’s about 2 weeks, so you should be fine. I haven’t been to both places so, can’t say anything. 🙂 Try researching about it.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Tj |

    Hi Kulas,
    Thank you for a selfless job you are doing here.
    I am a Nigerian in the US. I recently lost my passport. However, since the loss of the passport was not conclusive, I still went on to submit my application without notifying CIC. Now, it is confirmed that my passport is lost.
    1. Do you suggest I wait until I get a replacement before filling an update form on CIC website?
    2. Can there be any consequences if I wait until PPR is issued before notifying CIC of a change in passport due to a loss of the submitted one? I do not want to send any email to CIC that may give them any red flag during the review of my documents. So i am thinking, I will let them know once I have a new passport.
    3. Also, do you think they may have any issue with the new passport as there will be none of the visas I had on my old passport on the new one.
    4. Can my dependent get her COPR before I submit my passport and can she land in Canada before me?

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi,

      You’re welcome. I hope you get your passport soon.

      For questions 1-3, I suggest get a replacement passport the soonest you can and of course you have to tell the CIC what happened and that will make them understant about the missing visa and stamps.

      For question number 4, the primary can land before the dependents but dependents cannot land before the primary applicant.

      Regarda,
      Kulas

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi,

      You’re welcome. I hope you get your passport soon.

      For questions 1-3, I suggest get a replacement passport the soonest you can and of course you have to tell the CIC what happened and that will make them understant about the missing visa and stamps.

      For question number 4, the primary can land before the dependents but dependents cannot land before the primary applicant.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Varsha |

    Hi Kulas,

    Your blog is very informative. Thanks for doing this. And I am sorry to bombard you with so many questions.
    I received my COPR today and the passport with the visa stamped on it and it expires on December 28th, 2017.
    1. I am aware that I must land in Canada before this expiry date and I can apply for a PR card while I am residing in Canada. My confusion is, after the December 28th deadline, what is the document supporting my stay in Canada. Will COPR be the only supporting document confirming my eligibility to stay there ??
    2. Is it okay for me to land one week before the expiry date of the visa ?
    3. Since I am getting married in November 2017, will the change in my marital status cause a problem when I land in Canada in December 2017 ??
    4. When can my partner apply for a dependent visa once I start a full-time job in Canada ?

    Thanks in Advance

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Varsha,

      You’re welcome. Sorry for the late reply.

      Yes, only COPR. You can also apply for SIN and a bank account. You can also apply for a driver’s license. It’s ok to land 1 week before but I advise to do it way before the deadline like a month so if ever something happens, you have allowance. Im not so sure about the getting married part but I think, it shouldn’t since it’s just a month. I have no idea with the dependent visa but she can apply for a tourist visa anytime.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Swati |

    Hi, I have received a COPR letter and got the visa stamps on passport also. We got first entry visa valid till 12th Jun 2018. I would like to know -now we first have to visit Canada within the given time and what exactly we need to do there? Do we need to apply for PR card? Where to do that and what are the documents required for that? Also for now we are planning to come there for one or one and a half month time… Once we get the card we will come back to Australia and then may come to Canada after a year permenantly. Also want to know what are the other important things to do when we are in Canada for a month so that when we go there after a year we can start routine life immediately. We are planning to go now for a month in end of November 2017 we can stay there till Dec end. Will this time sufficient to complete all formalities related to PR card? Is Dec cold and holidays be issue in the process timings?
    Your blogs are very useful and I find them more reliable than other sites.
    Please reply.
    Regards
    Swati

  • Reply raymond |

    Good Day everyone, I’m about to take my Medical this week and I chose to have it at St’ Lukes BGC. I have some questions.
    1st: how long will it take for me to get the result?
    and lastly: what will be the next process and how long will it take?

    Thank you for the response

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Raymond,

      First of, you need a form coming from CIC for the medical. You will not get thr result as results ar electronically submitted to CIC. Depending on your results though, you may need additional tests which you need to complete the soonest.

      Next process is to submit your application and for CIC to process it within 6 months.

      Good luck and God bless.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Raymond |

        Good Day Mr. Kulas

        I’m currently employed by my employer yhere in canada. She gave some instructions. I’m already done submitting my application at our local VFS here in the philippines and they ask me to take my medical. I applied for temporary working visa. Do I need to register now at CIC? What should i choose gckey or bank? Thank you

  • Reply MANDEEP KOUR |

    i am may applicant. i filled my case on 3rd may but i am on ip2 stage since 22nd august.so when can i expect to get ppr.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Mandeep,

      CIC said that they will process applications within 6 months. Hope you get your PPR soon.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Pranav |

    Hi Kulas,
    Do all the members of the application receive an individual mail for submitting the passports? In the mail I got from the CPCO office it only mentioned my UCI and not that of the family members.
    Considering that I am the primary applicant, I am wondering if the mail sent to me implies I send all our passports for verification?

    Also, the Annex A to fill with postal details only applies to the primary applicant, essentially meaning only 1 Annex A to submit?
    Thanks in advance!
    Pranav

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Pranav,

      I’m not sure. But everyone should receive it. We did receive separate emails since I was in Singapore and my dependents are in the PH. This letter is a requirement when submitting passport in VFS.

      Are you using VFS?

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Pranav |

        Thanks for your prompt reply Kulas. No, we are both in Toronto on work permits. Applied on 14th September.

  • Reply Teddy |

    Dear Kulas,

    On 17th August, 2017 I got a mail from Cic requesting for medical exams, police clearance certificate, my family pictures, updated proof of funds and passport size photographs for my family members and myself. That the documents must get to them within 30 days which Isn’t to them. My family and I did our Medical on 1st September, 2017. On 15th September, my ecas showed medical results have been received. I have received anything since then. What do you think will be the next thing and how long can I get my PPR? I’m from Nigeria and visa office is Ghana.

    Thank you.

  • Reply Teddy |

    Dear Kulas,

    On 17th August, 2017 I got a mail from Cic requesting for medical exams, police clearance certificate, my family pictures, updated proof of funds and passport size photographs for my family members and myself. That the documents must get to them within 30 days which Isn’t to them. My family and I did our Medical on 1st September, 2017. On 15th September, my ecas showed medical results have been received. I have received anything since then. What do you think will be the next thing and how long can I get my PPR? I’m from Nigeria and visa office is Ghana.

    Thank you.

  • Reply Teddy |

    I mean I sent all they requested to them. After my ecas changed to medical results received on 15th September, 2017 I have not heard again from them. I applied for federal skilled workers program since 2014. What do you think I should expect next and how long should I expect my PPR? I am from Nigeria and visa office is Ghana.

    Thank you.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hey Teddy,

      How many times have you applied? 2014 is a long time and I don’t think you are under express entry if that is the case thus the long wait. EE was only launched January 2015. So your timeline will definitely be different from what we in EE experienced. Hope this helps. I do hope you get your PPR soon.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Tj |

    Hello Kulas,
    Please let me bother you again. I got my med passed in less than a week after submission and I saw BG: NA for a day or two, then my application has since a month ago remained like the below. Do you think I can be in IP2 already even when they have not contacted me about starting my background check? Thank you.
    Application status We are processing your application. We will send you a message when there is an update or if we need more information from you. Help

    Review of eligibility We are reviewing whether you meet the eligibility requirements. Help
    Review of medical results You passed the medical exam. Help

    Review of additional documents The additional documents you provided are being reviewed. Help

    Interview You do not need an interview. We will send you a message if this changes. Help
    Biometrics We do not need your fingerprints. We will send you a message if this changes. Help

    Background check Your application is in progress. We will send you a message when we start your background check. Help

    Final decision Your application is in progress. We will send you a message once the final decision has been made.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      TJ,

      That’s perfectly understandable to feel unsettled when the statuses in your profile is not moving. My only suggestion is for you to be patient. It doesn’t have to move weekly or monthly and as I’ve told everyone who have the same concern as you, if you applied through express entry and under normal circumstances, you’ll get a decision within 6 months after AOR. If it did gets extended, remember that we are requesting them to accept us into their country and not really the other way around. Just trust the process, some are lucky to be processed a lot more earlier some took a little bit more time. Hang-on. You are almost there.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Antriksh |

    Hi…Thanks for this valuable blog.
    I do have similar case to discuss here.
    Received ppr on 4th Oct to be submitted to New Delhi vo.
    Since I am in Hong Kong currently on official assignment, have mailed CPC and my vo but no replies yet.
    Customer care helpline for my vo has most options with pre recorded messages. So not able to decipher where to go.

    Please suggest.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Antriksh,

      Try waiting for a while. I know there is a time limit to do this but that’s all you can do. Try mailing them during Canadian working hours and be sure to reply to the same mail they sent you so all details there are preserved. Good luck.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Maya |

    Dear Sir Kulas,

    Please enlighten me about our PPR application.

    Feb 22, 2016: received application for permanent residence

    April 6, 2016: started processing our application.

    May 7, 2016: payment of rprf and medical exams

    Aug9, 2016 – Feb18, 2017: D.O.T completed received clearance medical results at st.lukes bocobo.

    March 1, 2017: medical results received by canada embassy-manila

    Sep 14, 2017: canada embassy-manila called but i missed the calls I did not bring my cellphone with me but my mother had the chance to talk to the visa officer on our landline phone. Until now I have not heard from them since. I checked at online application status -still in process. Please help me what to do next. I have not tried to call the embassy manila yet because i heard from other people that they are not entertaining follows up and it will also delay the process. Hope to hear from you sir Kulas..thank you for this blog and more power. God bless you more.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hey Maya,

      Sorry for the late reply. Im looking at your timeline and it seems it has taken more than a year. Are you applying for express entry? If yes, it has crossed the 6 month promise they have to process your application and I think you have to follow up. Although, it’s weird that the embassy in Manila is the one coordinating with you. All express entry applicants talks to CiC in Canada and not the local embassy unless it is for PPR.

      I think, it’s best to send them an email. They do respond to email albeit slowly. Check the CIC website and when you email, add all pertinent details ie UCI Application Number etc so they can respond to your request as soon as they receive it. Note, I did contacted the Canafian embassy in Manila the other day and they responded in 2 days.

      Good luck to you and God bless.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Maya |

        Thank you Sir Kulas for the reply. I have emailed them just now asking for apologies that I was not able to answer their calls and to follow up my status. I am quite apprehensive that missing out on that phone call would impact my application. I am worried because they are not writing me an email requesting that they want personal interview/personal apperance or addtional requirements.Hopefully I will hear from them soon:)
        I have applied for MPNP (provincial nominee program) July 2014. I was nominated at November 2015. Since my IELTS expired at the time i was nominated I need to retake again and reapply for permanent residency. My nomination is not valid for express entry that is why i had to wait for the long process. Again thank you sir for replying/advise on my queries. You’re an angel. God bless you more.

        • Kulas Reply Kulas |

          You arr welcome and thank you for your kind words Maya. Good luck and continue praying. 🙂 I hope you get it. Don’t hesitate to ask questions here or from other blogs. 🙂

  • Reply Antriksh |

    Thanks for reply kulas.
    I have mailed vo India and CPC …but no replies yet. Hk immigration has already told me to get in touch with New Delhi VO.
    Today i visited vfs hk for related info..and they suggested me submit passport to their center so that they can pass to hk consulate for further consideration. But vfs people were not sure how immigration officer is going to respond.

    Please suggest me …Shall I go ahead with submitting my passport in hk vfs without waiting further for vo/CPC response. ?
    My last date is 3rd Nov.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Antriksh,

      Are you a resident in HK or in there as tourist? Usually, you have to be a resident in the country before you can request for that country’s Canadian embassy to process the stamping and you have to get an email instructions from them to do so. I’m not sure about submitting it in HK vfs as per my statement above, if all else fails, I think that will be the last resort. Hope you are able to sort it out. It’s hard to make a move until you get a response from CIC.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Mohamed |

    Hi All,

    Thank you for the shared experience.

    Now I have copr which is valid until next May. I am currently at my home country (Egypt) and I am planning to get married. It seems more logical to me to marry and inform CIC about the marital status change than landing in Canada then going home again and marry then do sponsorship. My question is, does anyone have a similar situation and got married after copr and before landing? If yes, how long did this extend the application processing time?

    Thanks in advance!
    Mohamed

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Mohamed,

      First of all congratulations on your upcoming marriage. Since you have enough time, try to email CIC about this. This seems a little bit tricky and honestly I have no idea as what people has been doing is to land first then get married. It will be great if you can let us know how it goes on your end.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Swati |

    Hello Kulas
    I have got my one time entry stamps on my passport and we are planning to go in this November. My doubt is – In our application we have given that we will come to Ottawa as suggested by our agents. Now actually when I am trying to book tickets from sydney I am not finding any direct flight to Ottawa. Most flights are through Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. So will it be OK if we select flight from Montreal as it is in Quebec and our PR is for Canada ? So in that case we can do airport procedure at Ottawa only. But I want to make this sure whether we’ll can do that since its Montreal so not sure.. I am also avoiding flights via USA as it requires transit visa and now we have only one month so I am not sure we have enough time for transit visa application. What would you suggest? Where we can contact to confirm this?
    Thanks and regards
    Swati

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Swati,

      It actually doesn’t matter where you land and do the landing process. My friend experienced the same, theu were supposed to migrate to NB but they have a connecting flight to from Vancouver to Toronto, then Toronto to NB. They did the landing processes in Vancouver. Si in your case, it should be ok to do it wherever and settle (if your on PNP) to the province your supoosed to migrate to. Good luck and welcome to Canada.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Swati |

        Thanks Kulas
        This is helpful. What about connecting flight from Montreal? If we come such flight via Montreal we can still do our processing in Ottawa if Montreal is not considered as part of our PR… Our PR is not for Quebec.
        Regards
        Swati

        • Kulas Reply Kulas |

          Hi Swati,

          Sorry for the delayed reply. It’s still the same. You will be processed for immigration from any port where you need to cross an immigration check.

          Regards,
          Kulas

          • svaid |

            dear kulas,

            i am planning to make my first entry to Canada in January 2018 for three weeks. I just have some queries:
            do you suggest i buy a one way ticket at the moment since if i buy a round trip From Delhi the Immigration officers might suspect on my intention to remain in Canada.
            also, my COPR says that my port of entry is Toronto. can i not enter on any other port? Depending on availability of flights etc?

  • Reply swati |

    Thanks Kulas.
    That is helpful. So in that case can we plan to go to Toronto instead of Ottawa? Also there are flights via Montreal (which is in Quebec actually) to Ottawa . So can we select that? In that case I guess our processing can happen in Ottawa only as our PR is not for Quebec.
    Please suggest
    Swati

  • Reply Shiela |

    HI Kulas. We received a letter from the Canada Embassy that is identical to other PPR letter but ours stated this: “ Your accompanying family member(s) must complete the following steps within 30 days after you have attended your landing appointment” and “NOTE: Please do not send your passports to the office until the Permanent Resident status of the Principal Applicant in Canada has been confirmed.” Does this mean that we should wait for another letter re: Principal Applicant’s landing appointment before sending our passports (dependent)? Should we just send iour passports because that’s what others are doing? Please help us. Thank you!

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Sheila,

      This is the first time I’ve heard about this. PPR usually lists down the passport that needs submitting. It is one of the requirements in VFS. So if you’re dependent is not included in the PPR, then that means the message you received is consistent. This is not an expert opinion though. I think, try contacting them through email to clarify the meaning of the message. The Canadian embassy in the Philippines usually responds in two to three days while CIC may take a lot longer. With my recent experience it took around a week.

      I do hope you get this sorted out. God bless.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Suman |

    Hello Kulas,
    Hope you are doing well. We just received PPR email from Ottawa and we have 30 days to submit our passports. Now I am in India attending my family and my wife is in USA. I am planning to reply to the PPR email during eastern time asking them to change my Visa office to New Delhi. However, I need your help figure out what exactly I need to write in that email since you already did this. I am looking for some important points like mentioning my location, asking them if the passport could be submitted through VFS instead of me sending it directly to New Delhi embassy. In the PPR email, they also attached an Annex A document which basically asks for our mailing address. Since we will be sending our passports separately, do we need to send Annex A separately as well? Sorry about the long post and multiple questions. Any help is greatly appreciated.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hey Suman,

      First of all Congratulations. What I did was I replied to the same PPR email. It contains all my details so I did not need to add any other details aside from my request.

      To be safe, provide Annex A for each. That’s what we did.

      Hope you get this sorted out.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Suman |

        Kulas,

        Thank you. Yes I already sent them an email on top of the original visa ready email. I also requested them to generate another annex A for me as I am going to send the passport seperately. Hope to get a reply by end of this week. One last thing – can I send my passport to Indian Embassy before my wife send her to Ottawa or primay applicant’s passport should reach the original visa office ( in our case Ottawa) first?

        Thanks again and keep doing good work.

        • Kulas Reply Kulas |

          Hi Suman,

          I think sending it all at the same time should be ok. But, again, you cannot submit it unless you have the updated visa office.

          Regards,
          Kulas

  • Reply Suman |

    Hello Kulas,

    Sorry to bug you again..:). Just now received reply from Ottawa with my Visa office change to New Delhi. They are asking me to take a print of the letter and submit to VFS. However, the email doesn’t have any letter as such, I am guessing I need to print the email itself, but just to be 100% sure and don’t want any delay with passport stamping since I am travelling to US next month.

    For your case, did just print the email and sent it with you passport, photos and Annex A? Or you got an attachment as a form of letter with the email?

    Thanks again.

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Suman,

      Try checking your MyCIC profile, sometimes they attach something there. You have to go to VFS office and submit it there.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      • Reply Suman |

        Didn’t find any letter attached in MyCIC account. I guess I will just print the email and send it.

        Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Malik |

    Hi Kulas,

    It would be really helpful if you could help me with this situation.

    I applied for my express entry in India in October, but I moved to Abu Dhabi last week for a job and I also received the request for passport submission after coming here.

    Q1. How should update my contact information as I am still staying in a hotel and have not got a permanent residence here. There is no change in my passport address or my mailing address (its my family home)

    Q2. Can I submit my passport in Abu Dhabi instead and receive it here only instead of Delhi? If yes, how

    Thansk in advance.

    Regards

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Malik,

      Q1. You send an email to CIC. Not sure though how you can change the address when you are on a temporary home. Probably use a relative’s address there or settle for a permanent address.
      Q2. For that, you have to email CIC as well, what people usually do is to reply to the same ppr email. Just tell them your situation.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Malik |

    Thanks Kulas, I have mailed them about my situation. Hope they get back with a positive reply.

  • Reply Tj |

    Hi Kulas,
    Thank you for your selfless work here.
    I just got an email from CPCO – Final Request with the subject “ready for visa”.
    It contains an annex form I must send with my passport to the address given. However, only my name is on the annex form as I am the principal applicant.
    1. Would they send a separate email to my spouse?
    2. Or do we both use the same annex A form that has my name?
    3. She is also not with me in the US, she is in Kenya, she will be submitting her passport from there. Is it okay that I submit my own passport and go through the landing process while she later comes in or do we have to land at the same time?
    4. Please this is a very important question. How long is the minimum no of days I can spend after land for the first time before leaving Canada back to the US and will they email my PR card to a US address?

    Kind regards

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hey TJ,

      1. You have to let CIC know about that. If you are submitting to different locations, they should receive their own letter.

      2. Were they aware that you are not together geographically? If no, inform CIC

      3. You need not land at the same time but ensure that you are landing first or at the same time in Canada.

      4. They won’t mail it to you as they only mail it within Canada. It will take at least 60 days before you receive it. If you have relatives in Canada, use their address and have them send the PR card to you.

      Regards,
      Kulas

  • Reply Atul |

    Hi,

    Thanks for the awesome blog.
    I also have same issue as many other people here. I am based in USA and applied for Canada Express entry. Yesterday I have received “Request for Visa” email but that email mentions to submit passports to VFS India. As I am based in USA, how can I ask CIC to change visa office ?
    I have already emailed: cpc-ctd-ottawa@cic.gc.ca and also contacted them via IIRC web form. Is there a phone number that we can call from outside Canada ? What else we can do ?

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Atul,

      First of all thank you for reading through my blog. You have done what you can for the time being. You wait for them to respond. You might be worried because you feel that time is not on your side but, they will reply like most of the cases here. You can check the phone number in the internet if you feel you need to. It takes them 2 days to 2 weeks to respond in email so you should be ok if you’ve just sent it.

      Regards,
      Kulaa

    • Kulas Reply Kulas |

      Hi Atul,

      First of all thank you for reading through my blog. You have done what you can for the time being. You wait for them to respond. You might be worried because you feel that time is not on your side but, they will reply like most of the cases here. You can check the phone number in the internet if you feel you need to. It takes them 2 days to 2 weeks to respond in email so you should be ok if you’ve just sent it.

      Regards,
      Kulas

      Regards,
      Kulaa

      • Reply Atul |

        Thanks Kulaa for the reply.

        Anyone else here in the same boat (applied Canada PR while working US on visa)?

Let me know about your thoughts.