Temporary Permits

Guide to the Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) in Canada

Understanding the Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) in Canada 

The Temporary Resident Permit, often referred to as TRP, is an official document granted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It permits individuals who might not normally be eligible to enter Canada due to certain reasons (usually criminality or a prior overstay), to visit for specific purposes. To obtain a TRP, the individual’s reason to visit Canada must significantly outweigh the potential risks they might pose. For instance, if a person’s business trip is beneficial for Canada or its residents, they could be considered for a TRP.

Canada’s TRP serves as a bridge for many desiring to visit the nation but are met with certain barriers. Securing the right documents and defining a clear purpose can greatly help in leveraging the TRP to open doors in Canada. Following the set procedure is crucial to maximize your chances of gaining approval. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure about the process, Hummel Law is here to assist you. With our expertise in TRP inquiries, we can guide you every step of the way, ensuring that your application stands the best chance of success. Reach out to Hummel Law for a smooth and hassle-free TRP application journey.

Who Should Apply for a Temporary Resident Permit?

The TRP is designed for those who, under normal circumstances, might not be eligible to visit Canada. This could be due to medical reasons, criminal records, or other factors. Specifically, if you’ve had a criminal conviction and finished your sentence within the past five years, the TRP could be your key to visiting Canada. Similarly, family members of those deemed inadmissible also need to secure their own TRPs. If you aim to work or study in Canada, you’ll require additional permits alongside the TRP, some of which cannot be applied for from within Canada. Note that TRP holders usually can’t leave and return to Canada without the right authorization, and they must depart once the TRP’s validity expires. It is important to be cautious about the type of TRP you have, once received. 

Steps to Apply for a Temporary Resident Permit

Evaluate your Need: The foremost criteria for a TRP is establishing the importance of your visit to Canada and your need to be in Canada.

Evaluate the risk: Canada will need to assess whether you pose any sort of risk to Canadian society, which will be balanced against your need to enter.

Understand the Process: The exact procedure can differ based on the applicant's home country. Your nearest Canadian visa office can guide you regarding specific requirements.

Application Fee: Each TRP application comes with a non-refundable fee of $200CAD. This is a fee paid directly to the Government of Ontario, and is not included in any legal fees quoted.

In Summary

We often think of a TRP as a last resort for entry to Canada when needed. Sometimes it is needed urgently, and sometimes it is needed when there are no other options available. Each application is however unique to the individual’s circumstances.

Study Permit in Canada

If you're aspiring to study in Canada, you generally need to obtain a study permit. There are a few exceptions, but even if you don't need a study permit, you might still require a temporary residence visa, depending on your nationality. Confused about the specifics? Hummel Law can guide you through the intricacies of study permits, ensuring you're well-prepared for your educational journey in Canada.

Work Permit – LMIA Required

Want to work in Canada? A work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is your key. This permit, designated for non-Canadian citizens or those who aren't permanent residents, typically restricts you to a specific job for a defined duration. Acquiring the permit can be complex, especially if a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is needed. Let Hummel Law simplify the process for you, ensuring you have the documentation and approvals needed.

Work Permit – LMIA Exempt

Certain roles or conditions might exempt you from needing an LMIA for your work permit. Just like the LMIA-required permits, these are also specific to job roles and duration. Hummel Law has expertise in discerning the nuances of LMIA-exempt roles, aiding you in obtaining the right work permit.

Super Visa for Family Members

If you're a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and wish to have your parents or grandparents visit, they might be eligible for a super visa. This visa is a boon, offering multiple entries over its 10-year validity, with the flexibility of a 2-year stay during each entry. However, the application can't include dependants other than a spouse or common-law partner. Ensuring that all criteria are met and effectively presenting your case can be challenging. With Hummel Law's experience in super visa applications, we can streamline the process for you.