Best Guide on How to Apply for a TRP to Visit Canada (2021)

By Remitbee - Dec 7, 2021

Canada is very much welcoming to tourists, immigrants, and permanent residents. However, they impose strict rules to protect citizens' safety and security. That is why certain people may not be allowed to enter its borders. Essentially, if you are considered inadmissible to Canada, you can’t study, work, or immigrate here.

Inadmissibility rules to Canada do not affect Canadian citizens due to their unqualified right to enter and remain under the Constitution Act, 1982. Foreign nationals including Permanent Residents of Canada who have not yet been naturalized are all affected by inadmissibility rules. The following are grounds on why someone can be inadmissible to Canada, which are lifted from sections 33 to 43 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

  • Security

  • Human or international rights violations

  • Serious criminality

  • Criminality

  • Organized criminality

  • Health grounds

  • Financial reasons

  • Misrepresentation

  • Non-compliance with Act

If you are deemed inadmissible to Canada due to the reasons mentioned above, don’t lose hope. There are several ways to visit Canada, such as applying for rehabilitation or being deemed rehabilitated. However, if there are no permanent solutions to you becoming admissible to Canada, you can apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP).

What is Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)?

Your TRP is often a one-way ticket to enter and stay in Canada for a temporary time, ranging from one day to a maximum of three years. That is unless, of course, due to exceptional circumstances, the officer gives you a TRP that allows you to enter the country multiple times. Of course, your reason for entering Canada should be justifiable and outweighs the reason for your inadmissibility. Such reasons may be due to work, family matters, and emergencies.

To have a TRP, you should submit a complete application to the visa office responsible for your country and pay the necessary fees. If you are applying for another permit along with your TRP application, such as a study permit, you should submit your application to the Visa Application Centre (VAC)

You can apply for a TRP to Canada either at the border or the consulate. Once the immigration officer approves your TRP application, you will be issued an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). To reiterate, your eTA or TRV can only be used once. So, when you enter Canada through TRP, and you leave even without finishing the maximum duration of stay, you are allowed by the immigration officer; you cannot use them anymore to re-enter Canada. Only due to exceptional cases or circumstances will you may be issued a TRP that allows multiple entries to Canada.

The Advantages of TRP

If your TRP to Canada allows you to stay in Canada for at least six months, you can request a Study Permit or Open Work Permit. These will allow you to study or work for any company or employer in the country.

Depending on why you are inadmissible to Canada, some circumstances will allow you to apply for a Permanent Residency (PR) to Canada. In some other cases, you may even apply to extend your TRP to Canada for up to five years so long as you stay in Canada continuously for three years by virtue of your TRP.

After your TRP expires and you still need to enter and stay in Canada, you have to undergo the same process to get a new TRP that is still subject to approval by the immigration officer.

How to Apply for a TRP to Visit Canada

The following are a list of documents you need to provide to have a TRP to visit Canada. These areas are outlined in the Government of Canada's website.

Step 1: Complete the Document Checklist: Temporary Resident Permit (IMM 5557).

These include:

  • Completed “Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay or Remain in Canada” (IMM 1249) form

  • Stamped Receipt (IMM 5401)

  • Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) (if applicable)

  • Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union (if applicable)

  • Photocopy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)

    Note: You must also include other information required for the service you are requesting.

    Step 2: Provide the other required details and documents

Photocopy of your current immigration document (if you have one)

Two (2) recent passport-sized photo of the applicant and each family member in Canada on top of the front page of the application. Staple the photos, do not use glue. Print the name and birthdate of the person at the back of each image.

Photocopies of passport pages showing (1) passport number, (2) dates of issue and expiry, (3) name and date of birth, (4) stamp made by Canadian authorities in your most recent entry into Canada, and (5) any other marked pages.

Photocopies of your travel or identity document if you did not use a passport to enter Canada. Examples include:

  • Citizenship certificates

  • Birth certificates

  • Alien registration cards

  • Proof of means of support. Examples include:

Guarantor’s letter;

  • Bank statement indicating the name of the account holder and account number;

  • Details of how you intend to leave Canada including the date, time, and type of transportation.

  • Photocopy of your valid return ticket (if you have one)

  • Photocopy of documents relating to criminal convictions. Examples include:

  • Copy of the criminal conviction certificate

  • Copy of Statute under which the criminal convictions were convicted

  • Official proof of the sentence

  • FBI criminal record check

  • Other requirements imposed by the officer

  • Proof of any action taken to resolve your inadmissibility. Examples of supporting documentation include:

  • A valid passport,

  • Substantial improvement in the financial situation

  • A record suspension (formerly a pardon) or approval of rehabilitation

  • Purpose of travel to Canada

  • A personal statement letter explaining why you should be allowed into Canada

  • Note: There’s no need to provide original documents otherwise required or stated since these won’t be returned to you.

Step 3: Completely answer the Application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Visitor or Temporary Resident Permit Holder (IMM 5708) form.

Make sure that all your answers are accurate and complete.

Once your application is completed, click on the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the form. A barcode page will be generated. You should place the barcode at the top of your application. Each application package should have a barcode if you're applying as a group.

Sign and date your forms. For applicants under 18 years old, your parents or legal guardian sign them for you.

Step 4: Pay the required fees

The payment for each service you required should be submitted with your application. The fee for a Temporary Resident Permit is $200 per person. Biometric fees range from $85 (per person) or $170 (per family) (two or more applicants).

Note: Biometrics only applies if you apply for a TRP from within Canada.

To pay for your application, you should have:

  • A valid email address.

  • Access to a printer (you should print your receipt because it will serve as your proof of payment).

  • A credit card, Debit MasterCard® or Visa® Debit card.

Here is how you can pay for your application:

  1. Go to Online Payment

  2. Follow the instructions. In the end, click on the button to print the IRCC official receipt with a barcode. Print two copies.

  3. Place a copy of your receipt on your completed application. The other receipt should be kept as your record.

Step 5: Mail your application

Place your application, documents, and payment receipt in a 23 cm. x 30.5 cm or 9” x 12” envelope. On the top left-hand corner of the envelope, write your name and address. Have the post office weigh your envelope so that you put enough postage on it.

Send your application to:

Case Processing Center in Edmonton

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada

c/o Visitor and Temporary Resident Permits, Station 303

9700 Jasper Avenue NW, Suite 55

Edmonton, AB T5J 4C3

Step 6: Wait for the letter that will state what necessary action you can take.

If your application for TRP is approved, a TRP with a validity date will be sent to you.

The processing of TRP will take about one to six months. On the other hand, Port of Entry (POE) applications are processed immediately.

May these tips help you enter and stay in Canada through a Temporary Resident Permit. If you need help in sending money from Canada to anywhere in the world or to score the best exchange rates available, use RemitBee.

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