Free Assessment

Temporary Resident Permit


TRP is a document issued by Immigration Canada that allows people who are inadmissible to Canada to visit the country. These are not to be confused with TRV. One may be a status document while the opposite may be a Travel Document. The Temporary Resident Permit, a travel document, will allow you to visit and enter Canada despite your inadmissibility.

A TRP allows an individual to overcome their inadmissibility for a specified reason. The applicant is required to demonstrate there is a major reason they need to enter Canada. A person who is criminally inadmissible to Canada is inadmissible for work, study, visitation purposes, and is prohibited from submitting an application for Canadian permanent residence.

Eligibility for a Temporary Resident Permit

TRPs allow officers to respond to exceptional circumstances while meeting Canada’s social, humanitarian, and economic commitments. The decision on whether or not to issue a TRP is at the full discretion officer and will take into the following factors:

  • Inadmissible and seeking to come into Canada if an officer is of the opinion that it is justified in the circumstances;
  • In Canada and is inadmissible, subject to a report or reportable for violation of the Act, or does not otherwise meet the requirements of the Act;
  • Not eligible for restoration of status.

Successful TRP applicants will usually be people who can prove that they are doing not pose a risk to Canada and that they will not burden Canada’s welfare system. Any evidence that can help prove these two qualities will increase a person’s chances of success.

Validity of a Temporary Resident Permit

A TRP may be valid for a period of between one day and three years. When deciding how long the validity period of a TRP will be, authorities will consider the following factors:

  • The length of the person’s visit to Canada.
  • Whether there is a compelling need for the TRP to be issued.
  • Whether there are risks involved in issuing the TRP and, if so, whether the compelling need outweighs these risks.
  • If the person is applying for a second TRP, whether any new admissibility issues have arisen since the issuing of the first TRP.

In cases where a TRP holder has also been issued a work permit or a study permit, the TRP will have a validity period equal to the validity period of the other permit.

Temporary Resident Permit Application Process

To apply for a TRP, you must submit your application with all the necessary documents and the non-refundable application fee. Your application must include the following:

  • apply in the paper to the appropriate visa office responsible for your country of nationality or residence,
  • clearly request for a TRP,
  • include all the reasons you believe make you eligible for a TRP,
  • include documents related to your inadmissibility,
  • police clearance certificates;
  • letters of reference including a letter from your employer; and
  • a personal statement from you.

If you lived in the United States during the past 10 years you must also submit an FBI police certificate.