What does it mean for your record when you have received an approved Temporary Resident Permit? Simply put, it is a short term solution that will allow you to overcome your inadmissibility temporarily, for a specific reason, and a specific period of time. If you compare the effect to that of Criminal Rehabilitation, it is quite different. With TRPs, your permit allows you to enter Canada despite your inadmissibility, while Criminal Rehabilitation will completely wipe your record for Canadian immigration purposes.
When your TRP is approved, the duration for which it will allow you to enter Canada (and how many times!) despite your inadmissibility, varies. The maximum amount of time that a TRP can be granted for is 3 years, but can be granted for as little time as a day or two, based on your reasons for travel.
There are also single-entry TRPs or multiple-entry TRPs. Single entry will only allow you to enter once and the TRP will expire once you leave. A good example of a reason that a single-entry TRP is granted, would be an important family event such as a wedding.
Multiple-entry TRPs are granted for an allocated time span, and allow you to enter, leave, and re-enter as many times as required during the time of its validity. Those that need to travel to Canada for work frequently, such as flight attendants or pilots, are more likely to receive a multiple-entry TRP.
After your TRP has expired though, your record will hinder you from entering Canada once again. You can then reapply for a TRP, or opt for the permanent solution of a Criminal Rehabilitation application.
Differences Between TRPs and Criminal Rehabilitation
The main difference between the two has been stated before, and is that temporary resident permits are a short term solution, and do not clear your record, while criminal rehabilitation is permanent and does.
The processing time for Criminal Rehabilitation is much longer, and can be between 9-12 months or more! The processing time for a TRP is definitely shorter, but will have to be repeated every subsequent time you apply for a TRP.
To be able to get an approved TRP, you need to have a specific and valid reason for travel. This is usually business related, or for a very important family event or emergency. Without a valid reason, TRPs are not likely to be granted.
Criminal Rehabilitation applications, though, do not need to have a specific reason! The most important parts are the rehabilitative factor, and the completion of your sentence(s).
Did you know: if you can prove to either a Border Agent at the port of entry, or an Immigration Program Manager at the Consulate, that you have sent in an application for Criminal Rehabilitation and it is still processing, it can help your chances of getting a TRP! Seeing that an individual is taking the right steps to overcome their inadmissibility in a permanent manner can sometimes help Border Agents grant your TRP requests.
The only ways to have your record permanently cleared for Canada’s purposes is either by Criminal Rehabilitation or Deemed Rehabilitation. While TRPs are useful to some, such as people that only need to enter Canada once or twice, and have no further desire to spend time here, Criminal Rehabilitation is ideal for people that want to solve their inadmissibility and come and go as they please.
In any case, an immigration lawyer is the best way to ensure your application process for either a TRP or Criminal Rehabilitation goes smoothly. To review your eligibility, or for more trusted information, feel free to contact us for a free consultation!