Closing the loop on this if people are interested in the timelines. My child became a Canadian PR today, there was no interview, nor was there any passport request.
Towards the end of the last month, IRCC had reached out to me from the landing enquiries email
WST-LandingEnquiries@cic.gc.ca and asked me if me and my child were within Canada. Our latest address and phone number for a potential landing interview over telephone.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, I received an email with an attachment
I am pleased to advise you that your application for permanent residence in Canada is now complete. Congratulations! You are now a permanent resident of Canada!
If you are currently outside of Canada, do not attempt to travel to Canada. Please contact us immediately at the following address and we will send you additional information: WST-LandingEnquiries@cic.gc.ca
This letter constitutes an official document issued by the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. You can provide a copy of this letter to prove that you are a permanent resident of Canada and to apply for benefits and services for which you are eligible, until you receive your permanent resident card.
This letter does not replace the permanent resident card; you are still required to submit the documentation to obtain your permanent resident card. Please print a copy of this letter and send it along with two photos that meet our photo specifications to the address listed above. Please ensure that you write your unique client identifier (UCI) and name on the back of the photos. You do not need to sign the letter nor the photos. If your address has changed, please provide us with your current address.
We realize that you may not be able to send this photo right now due to the COVID-19 situation. Please send this photo to us when it will be possible as per your provincial and/or local authorities’ guidelines. In the meantime, this letter will serve as proof of your permanent resident status in Canada. You can use this letter for one year and it must be accompanied by a travel document or a federal/provincial/territorial identity document. The permanent resident card is required after this one-year period.
We are making every effort to produce and mail your permanent resident card, but there will be delays as our offices are either closed or working at minimum capacity. Issuance of permanent resident cards should gradually resume as COVID-19 related restrictions are eased.
If you leave Canada without a permanent resident card, you will have to apply for a permanent resident travel document through a visa office. Otherwise, you will not be able to board a commercial vehicle (plane, train, bus or boat) to come back to Canada. Please visit our website for more information.
The UCI in the upper left corner of this letter is your personal identification number and it provides access to information on your IRCC file. For your own protection, do not allow any other person to use this number.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
There is also a COPR number and other details that I’ve omitted here for obvious reasons.
I had applied for my child’s PR in Nov 2019 and the application was completed in Feb 2021. So about 14 months or so, when I had first applied the estimated time was 11 months. So it was delayed by a few months but given all that has happened in between I think this delay was pretty much expected and I have to say that the application was processed in a rather timely manner.