Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)

If you are inadmissible to Canada, due to criminal, security or medical reasons, but have a justifiable reason to travel to Canada, you may be eligible for Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) Application. Note, the following information does not concern Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), commonly referred to as a Canadian Visitor Visa.

Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit allows you to suspend your criminal inadmissibility for a finite period of time. The benefits of your entrance and stay in Canada must prove to outweigh the safety and health risks to Canadian society. As an applicant, your TRP application must communicate a justifiably significant reason for your desired entrance with clarity and specificity.

TRPs have a maximum validity of three years. In issuing the permit, the Canadian immigration officer will consider your reason for travel and decide on your permit’s term of validity accordingly. As a Temporary Resident Permit holder, you:

  • Must comply with the conditions imposed on your TRP;
  • Must not work or study without a work or study permit;
  • Cannot re-enter Canada without prior authorization;
  • Must leave Canada at the end of your authorized period of stay.

Multiple Entry TRP Application

Should you require the capacity to enter and exit Canada frequently, you’ll need a Multiple Entry Temporary Resident Permit. This permit allows you to enter and exit Canada an indefinite amount of times while your permit is valid. This is a useful option if you must cross the border frequently for work, or other justifiable reasons. You are most likely to be issued a Multiple Entry TRP if you are a flight attendant or pilot, a sales representative, or a travelling performer who must frequently travel for work and can prove that you possess a recurring need to cross the Canadian border.

TRP Application Fees

The processing fee to apply for a TRP is $200 CAD at a consular office or any Port of Entry.

TRP Application Processing Times:

The Canadian government encourages you to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit well in advance if you know you require entry to Canada and are inadmissible. You can apply for a TRP at a Canadian Visa Office or at a Port of Entry. Applications at a Port of Entry can be made during travel by land, air or sea. The choice of location may impact the likelihood of your success, as well the processing time. If you choose to submit a Temporary Resident Permit application at a Port of Entry, you can save yourself a great deal of time, as applications can be processed on the spot. Alternatively, the processing time at a consular office can take anywhere from 4 – 6 months.

Temporary Resident Permit Eligibility Checklist:

If you have a valid reason to travel to Canada, but you are criminally inadmissible, you may be eligible to qualify for a Temporary Resident Permit. Note that If you are criminally inadmissible to Canada, you are inadmissible to work, study, or visit inside the Canadian borders. You are also prohibited from submitting an application for Canadian permanent residence. In other words, a Temporary Resident Permit can only be used for “valid entry” to Canada as a foreign worker, foreign student or as a visitor, but not for any permanent residency processes.

Valid reasons for entry may include:

  • travel for work
  • family vacation
  • attendance of a family wedding.

In order to be eligible to apply for a Canadian Temporary Resident Permit, you must have been convicted of a criminal offence AND:

  • have had less than five years pass since the completion of the sentence (including jail time, community service hours, probation and fee payment), OR
  • have had more than five years pass since the completion of the sentence, and you have not applied for, or have yet to received a decision on an application for criminal rehabilitation.

In summary, if you are an individual who is otherwise inadmissible to Canada, you may apply for a Temporary Resident Permit, regardless of how much time has passed since the offence was committed. Once the inadmissibility has been resolved through record suspension or criminal rehabilitation, a permit is no longer necessary.

If you are curious about whether or not you are a viable candidate for a Canadian Temporary Resident Permit, check out our free online assessment form. For further questions do not hesitate to contact us, here.

For information on how we at FWCanada can assist you with your application for a Canadian TRP, please fill out our free online assessment form.


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