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If you are a citizen of a visa-exempt country, the visa office responsible for your country or region may have its own application form for temporary resident permits. You should check the visa office to find out about its specific application procedures. Otherwise, you should submit an application for a temporary resident visa along with supporting documents to explain why you are inadmissible and why it may be justified for you to enter Canada.

Note: You may have to attend an interview so that an officer can assess your application.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Original application form
  • A photocopy of one (1) piece of federal or provincial /territorial government issued photo identification OR if unavailable, a photocopy of government issued or internationally recognized photo identification before your entry to Canada.
  • Photocopy of one (1) piece of government issued or internationally recognized identification from outside Canada before your entry to Canada indicating that an error was made in recording your information.
  • A photocopy of any legal documents showing name, sex or date of birth changes. This is only necessary if you have obtained a legal name, or date of birth change before becoming a permanent resident or entering Canada.

For a detailed list of required documents follow this link.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Offices

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To be eligible for a temporary resident permit, your need to enter or stay in Canada must outweigh the health or safety risks to Canadian society, as determined by immigration or a border services officer. Even if the reason you are inadmissible seems minor, you must demonstrate that your visit is justified.


You must pay a fee (C$200) to cover the cost of processing your application for a temporary resident permit. The fee will not be refunded if the permit is refused. Check the visa office website for specific payment instructions.


A permit is usually issued for the length of your visit to Canadafor example, one week to attend a conference. You must leave Canada by the expiry date of the permit, or get a new permit before your current one expires.

Documents to Use[edit]

Application forms

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Sample Documents[edit]

Instruction Guide

Your Guide to Temporary Resident Permits

Processing Time[edit]

Once your application has been received, it will be processed and you will be advised whether your request has been approved or refused. Processing times can change. You can obtain current processing times on this website.

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Individuals who wish to enter Canada, as Permanent or Temporary Residents, must meet the requirements of Canada's Immigration law and regulations, especially as they regard health and security.

There is no guarantee that you will be issued a temporary resident permit. If you would like to receive a permit, you will have to pay a processing fee, which is not refundable.

Please note that this permit may be cancelled by an officer at any time. The permit is no longer valid once you leave Canada, unless you have specifically been authorized to leave and re-enter.

Required Information[edit]

  • Personal Details
  • Immigration History
  • Personal History
  • Residency Obligation
  • Declaration of Applicant

Need for the Document[edit]

A Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) may be issued, at the discretion of Canadian Immigration Authorities, to individuals who would otherwise be inadmissible to Canada because of health or criminality issues, permitting them to enter or stay in Canada, where justified by compelling circumstances.

If you are otherwise inadmissible but have a reason to travel to Canada that is justified in the circumstances, you may be issued a temporary resident permit.

Information which might help[edit]

In deciding whether or not to issue a Temporary Resident Permit, a Canadian Immigration Visa Officer will weigh the inadmissible person's need to enter or remain in Canada against the health and security risks to the Canadian population.

A Temporary Resident Permit may be issued for a period not to exceed three years and may be extended from inside Canada. The permit is no longer valid if the holder exits Canada, unless re-entry had been authorized at the time of issuance.

In certain circumstances, the holder of a Temporary Resident Permit will be granted Canadian Permanent Resident status in Canada.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

A TRP allows an individual to overcome their inadmissibility for a specified reason and for a specific period of time. The applicant is required to demonstrate there is a significant reason they must 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. A Temporary Resident Permit will help an inadmissible person gain entry to Canada, though only on temporary grounds. In other words, a TRP can only be used for entry to Canada as a foreign worker, foreign student or as a visitor but not for any permanent residency processes.

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It is important to note that individuals, who are eligible for criminal rehabilitation but who have not yet applied and require entry to Canada, should not only apply for a TRP but for Criminal Rehabilitation as well. Criminal Rehabilitation is a permanent solution to criminal inadmissibility, while a TRP is a temporary bridge for inadmissibility.

Applicants can apply for a TRP at Canadian visa office or at a port of entry. The Canadian government encourages individuals to apply well in advance if they know they must enter Canada and are inadmissible.