Obtaining a Temporary Resident Permit in Canada
Often referred to as a TRP, a temporary resident permit allows someone to be granted access to Canada if they are inadmissible – ineligible – for a specific reason. Those who seek to obtain a TRP usually do so due to medical or security reasons, and having an established criminal record is another common reason. Without this permit, you won’t be permitted to enter the country.
Today, let’s explore the fundamentals of obtaining a temporary resident permit in Canada.
Criminal Inadmissibility Terms and Conditions
If you have a criminal record, you’ll need to maintain a valid TRP until the inadmissibility rule is removed for you specifically. This is also essential if you have a record and are seeking rehabilitation in Canada – in such instances, you’ll need to complete what is known as an application for criminal rehabilitation as well. The latter acts to address criminal inadmissibility, but the TRP is still required. Your stay must not pose a health or safety risk to society, and your eligibility will be determined by immigration and border authorities.
Other Valid Reasons
Other than the qualifiers we’ve already discussed, you may need a TRP if you live in a country where an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required but was denied. If you are therefore inadmissible, you must discuss the situation with your country’s visa office as they may have specific application terms. Speaking of which, you must provide as much supporting information as possible when applying – these can include documents validating your criminal record, medical status or any other factors contributing towards your eTA refusal. If you’re coming from a country where a visitor visa is required here in Canada, then you’ll need to provide this documentation when applying for it as well.
How Long Can You Stay?
Temporary resident permits are validated in advance for a set number of days. For example, if you’re receiving detox and rehabilitation care in Canada for a period of six months, then the TRP should cover the length of your entire stay. As soon as you leave to return to your originating country, the permit is invalidated – only those with special terms permitting re-entry are exempt from this. You have to leave before the expiry date printed on your TRP, though extensions are sometimes possible if you apply before this date. If you don’t adhere to the agreed-upon terms and conditions of your particular TRP or break the law in any way, your permit can be cancelled, and you’ll be forced to leave the country immediately.
What About Costs?
The current processing fee for a temporary resident permit is $200 CDN, and it won’t be returned if you are turned down or end up having your permit cancelled. The Government of Canada makes it easy to pay this fee online and monitor the progress of your application.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Sometimes, a temporary resident permit may be turned down due to a lack of supporting documentation or other uncertainties. Immigration and border services can’t afford to take risks, so you need to be clear and concise when working with them on securing one. If you’re struggling to submit everything you need or obtain approval, consulting with a lawyer experienced in inadmissible travel restrictions and TRP eligibility criteria can make this process easier. Our legal team at Beffa Law, for instance, can work closely with you to ensure you supply all the evidence required for your specific situation, whether for a criminal record, medical needs, a combination of the two or otherwise.
For more details on how we can assist you with your travel credential needs, reach out to us today. We look forward to providing you with peace of mind and compelling, well-informed legal guidance.