How to Apply for a TRP at the Port of Entry
If you are an American citizen or a Green card holder in America, you have the opportunity of applying for a Temporary Resident Permit at the Port of Entry. A Canadian Port of Entry would constitute either a Canadian border or a Canadian airport. In these circumstances, the individual would bring the Temporary Resident Permit application with them when attempting to enter Canada with inadmissibility issues. It is important for these individuals to have the proper authorization documents in order to enter Canada temporarily. However, please note, that not all Temporary Resident Permits are approved – it can never be guaranteed. However, if you are approved for a TRP, you should be able to receive a decision within a couple of hours at the port of entry. Therefore, in this article, I will address how to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit at the Port of Entry and what to expect when attempting to enter Canada with inadmissibility issues.
What does a Temporary Resident Permit Do
Before applying for a Temporary Resident Permit at the port of entry, it is very important to first understand what a Temporary Resident Permit does and how it can help you enter Canada with inadmissibility. Essentially, a TRP is a permit that allows foreign nationals to enter Canada even though they may have inadmissibility issues. Keep in mind, these inadmissibility issues may be criminal, medical, financial, for security reasons, and much more. If you have any of these inadmissibility issues, it is best to apply for the Temporary Resident Permit in order to have the proper authorization to enter Canada, even though you may have inadmissibility issues. Furthermore, if you are applying for the Temporary Resident Permit at the port of entry, it is necessary that you have a valid and legitimate reason for why you need to enter Canada. For instance, if you are a business person and have a very important business conference in Canada, you may apply for the TRP at the port of entry and advise the Immigration officer of your urgent requirement to enter Canada. Similarly, if you don’t have a professional reason, and say you have a familial gathering, such as a wedding, you may apply for the TRP at the port of entry and advise the Immigration officer of the significance of you entering Canada and supporting your family member.
Ultimately, if you do not have a valid reason for entering Canada, the Immigration officer can refuse your entry into Canada and can ask you to return back to the United States. Therefore, it is imperative that you prepare yourself and include as much supporting documentation and information as possible. It is also highly suggested to be prepared for either outcome to happen as the final discretion is up to the Immigration officer.
Different Reasons for Inadmissibility to Canada
Whenever an individual is applying for a Temporary Resident Permit, whether it is at the Consulate or at the port of entry, they must prove to the Immigration officer at the Canadian border that they do not pose any risk or threat to the Canadian population. This is one, if not the most, important aspect to demonstrate to the Immigration officer in order for you to have a viable chance at entering Canada. Thus, if you found to be inadmissible to Canada for any of these reasons, you must show that you are not pose a threat:
- Criminal Inadmissibility
If you have a criminal record or a past criminal conviction, then you, unfortunately, will be criminally inadmissible to Canada and can be denied entry if you attempt to enter the country.
- Medical Inadmissibility
If you have a significant medical condition, such as an infectious disease or a terminal illness, then you will be deemed as medically inadmissible to Canada as you may cause a threat to Canadian society. The reason behind this is because there is a potential for Canadian citizens to be infected or you may cause an excessive demand on Canadian health services. Ultimately, if you are deemed medically inadmissible to Canada, then you may be denied entry into the country.
- Financial Inadmissibility
If you have insufficient funds to support yourself and/or any accompanying dependents while in Canada, then you will be deemed financially inadmissible to Canada and may be denied entry into the country. You must demonstrate to the Immigration officer that you have enough funds to support your stay. If not, there is no reason for the Immigration officer to allow you into Canada.
Preparation for the Port of Entry
When attempting to enter Canada through the port of entry, as previously mentioned, you should be well-prepared and expect the Immigration officer to ask you questions surrounding your inadmissibility to Canada. When answering the Immigration officer’s questions, it is highly recommended to answer them in a straight forward and honest manner, that way your chances of entry into Canada are that much higher.
Contact Akrami & Associates
If you are applying for a Temporary Resident Permit at the port of entry, you should consider all of the aforementioned information prior to applying. If you would like to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit, it is extremely important to recognize that these are difficult applications to apply for on your own. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help prior to submitting the application at the port of entry. Here, at Akrami & Associates, we work and have experience with many different immigration matters. We have helped many of our clients enter Canada through the port of entry all while still having inadmissibility issues. If you would like to apply a Temporary Resident Permit, please feel free to contact Akrami & Associates at our office at 416-477-2545 for more information or if you would like to book a consultation with an immigration professional for more advice.
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