How to Apply for a Temporary Resident Permit
Many individuals from around the world consequently have inadmissibility issues that can affect their entry into Canada. In some circumstances, if the individual is eligible, they could apply for a specific application that may allow them to temporarily enter Canada for legitimate reasons. This specific application is referred to as a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP). The Temporary Resident Permit was intended for these individuals to overcome their inadmissibility issue when entering Canada. In this article, I will explain how an individual can apply for a Temporary Resident Permit and the specific eligibility requirements needed from them in order to successfully enter the country.
What Does Inadmissibility Mean
Inadmissibility is usually determined if a foreign national is convicted or charged with a criminal offence. Additionally, inadmissibility may also be determined by other factors, such as medical, financial or security reasons. For instance, if you have a serious medical condition, such as a infectious disease, you may be deemed medically inadmissible to Canada. In the specific circumstance of a Temporary Resident Permit, any individual who has been deemed inadmissible to Canada may be eligible to apply. It is important to note that foreign nationals from the United States may be denied entry more frequently than other foreign nationals as Canada and the United States share a criminal database which allows them to easily access information on a foreign national’s past criminal activity. This criminal database has information on visitors, permanent residents and citizens from both Canada and the United States.
Eligibility Requirements for a Temporary Resident Permit
Much like any other immigration application, there are specific eligibility requirements that foreign nationals must abide by in order to successfully apply for a Temporary Resident Permit. One of the most important eligibility requirements of a Temporary Resident Permit application is demonstrating that the need to enter Canada outweighs any health or safety risks to Canadian society. In other words, the foreign national must have valid and legitimate reasons for entering Canada with their inadmissibility issues. This eligibility requirement is required from all foreign nationals that have any form of inadmissibility, whether it be criminal, medical or financial, etc. It is very important for higher chances of approval that the foreign national proves the Immigration officer with sufficient proof that their need to enter Canada does in fact outweigh the risks to Canadian society.
Furthermore, there is another eligibility requirement that must be met as well. In order to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit to enter Canada temporarily, a foreign national must apply if it has been less than five years since the end of your sentence. It is important to note that the end of your sentence means sentencing must be complete and the five years must be counted from the day the sentence was successfully completed.
Therefore, in order to recap what was previously mentioned, to temporarily overcome your inadmissibility to Canada, you can apply for a Temporary Resident Permit to enter Canada only if:
- It has been less than 5 years since the end of your sentence, or
- You have legitimate reasons to travel to Canada.
Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit
When applying for a Temporary Resident Permit, there are essentially two ways in order to apply. A foreign national can either apply through a port of entry in Canada or through the Canadian Consulate. Keep in mind, if a foreign national decides to enter Canada through the port of entry, they must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Moreover, when a foreign national applies for a Temporary Resident Permit, it is mostly recommended to apply through the Canadian Consulate. The reasoning behind this is because the Immigration officer assessing the application will be able to acknowledge that the foreign national has made the effort to take the application seriously to overcome the inadmissibility issue.
On the other hand, a foreign national may also apply for the Temporary Resident Permit at the port of entry. The biggest advantage of applying through the port of entry is that the process is much faster than applying at the Canadian Consulate. The Immigration officer assessing the application makes a decision on the matter in no longer than a couple of minutes or hours, depending on the amount of traffic at the port of entry. In contrast, the disadvantage of applying through the port of entry is the uncertainty of the decision made. The foreign national will not know whether the application will be approved or denied; if denied, they would not be permitted entry into Canada. Additionally, they would have to return back to the United States.
Conclusively, when you are submitting your Temporary Resident Permit, it is essential that you include all of the necessary documentation and forms. Canadian Immigration is very particular with the documentation requested and especially with the application forms. If you do not complete the forms in full, this is also a possibility for the Immigration officer to deny your entry into Canada.
Please note, if the foreign national decides to leave Canada after obtaining a Temporary Resident Permit, they must apply for a new one if they would like to re-enter Canada.
Contact Akrami & Associates to Apply for a TRP
It is essential that you have taken all of the aforementioned requirements and documentation into consideration before you attempt to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit. Applications for Temporary Resident Permits are difficult applications to pursue on your own and it is highly recommended that you seek out professional and experienced help before attempting to submit the application. Here, at Akrami & Associates, we work and have experience with many different immigration issues. We have helped many of our clients gain entry into Canada temporarily as visitors with inadmissibility. If you believe that you may be eligible for 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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