When You Apply For a Temporary Resident Permit
If you are not legally allowed to enter Canada, which can occur for a variety of reasons, but you still have an interest in coming to Canada, we have good news for you! It is not necessarily the case that you are not allowed to come to Canada. If you are not legally allowed to enter Canada, you must apply for a temporary resident permit (TRP) before being allowed to enter the country. Though, you may be allowed to visit Canada after all! Nevertheless, applying for a temporary resident permit can be a daunting task. The responsibility is completely on the applicant to prove to an immigration officer they have a very good reason to come to Canada and will not be an issue for Canadians while they are here, despite having earned the status of being inadmissible to Canada. For this reason, we notice a lot of applications for temporary resident permits miss making crucial points, and ultimately fail to prove to an officer the individual deserves to be admitted to the country. Not to worry though, with the help of Akrami and Associates this blog will help you understand the most important things to discuss in your application for a temporary resident permit and ultimately help you know how to build a strong temporary resident permit application.
Important Point #1 – Countering Your Reason for Being Inadmissible
Overall, the most important thing to discuss in your application for a temporary resident permit is that you acknowledge your reason for being inadmissible, and having committed an act or being in a condition which makes you a threat to Canadian society, you will pose none of this threat during your visit to Canada. For example, if you have a driving under the influence (DUI/DWI) charge on your record from 4 years ago and are applying for a temporary resident permit, it would help to have done some of the following. You would have completed all the conditions of your sentence, but on top of this, if you could prove you have changed your habits towards drinking since then, perhaps by completing a course in alcohol abuse. These actions prove to an immigration officer you regret the things you once did, and have no intention of going down that road again. It is very important to know an immigration officer will ask for proof of claims such as these that prove you have changed your habits that once made you inadmissible, and are not the same person you were then. It is important to display a change in circumstances from those which originally made you inadmissible. If you’re having trouble understanding your specific circumstances, Akrami and Associates can work with you to build a strong temporary resident permit application, with a comprehensive claim that reflects your specific circumstances.
Important Point #2 – Compelling Need to Come to Canada
Arguably as important as proving you will not pose a threat to Canadians, is proving that you in fact have a compelling reason to want to come to Canada. The immigration officer reviewing your application will first assess the threat you pose to Canadians, and if you seem to pose either no threat or a very tiny threat, the immigration officer will consider the reasons you seek entry into Canada and make a decision as to whether your need to come to Canada outweighs even the slightest threat you pose. Immigration officers often find reasons such as visiting a sick relative, attending a family wedding or attending a business trip, a compelling reason to come to Canada.
How to Make a Strong Case!
As mentioned, there are a number of reasons an individual may be inadmissible to Canada. This can be because they have a past criminal conviction on their record, or they have a health issue which is expected to place excessive demand on the public health services Canada provides, or, they may have misrepresented themselves in the past and finally, if they are believed to be a security risk to Canadians for one reason or another. It depends entirely on your specific circumstances, what a good, strong application will look like. Though, here are some typical examples.
- Say you have a health issue; you may want to provide reference letters from your doctor advocating that you are currently, and can be expected to continue to be, in good enough health to travel. You will also need to provide medical records from your doctors.
- If you have a criminal issue of any kind or are considered a threat to the security of Canadians, you will need to complete all the conditions of your sentence without issue. You will also want to provide personal references from employers, friends and family on in improvement of your change in behavior and demeanor since the incident. Proof of enrollment in any rehabilitation program centered on drugs, anger or alcohol will also help to prove you are no longer a threat. In addition to this, it is helpful to describe the circumstances surrounding the incident which occurred in your past, if these will be of any value to decrease the maliciousness of the event.
- Perhaps you are financially unstable, and have not been permitted to travel to Canada in the past for this reason; you will need to provide bank statements to prove your financial situation has changed. If you do not feel you can prove you are completely financially stable on your own, you can have an individual you are coming to stay with sponsor your trip to Canada and claim responsibility for ensuring you have the money to fund your trip to Canada and your return trip home.
- Finally, if you have misrepresented yourself in the past, you must prove this was a complete accident and you did not intend to lie to an immigration officer. It would help to provide references to try to convince an immigration officer that you are representing yourself honestly, and have no intentions of lying. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to overcome being inadmissible due to past misrepresentation, because it is very hard to provide proof to an immigration officer that your misrepresentation was a complete accident and now you are being completely honest. This is the number one reason it is important to retain an immigration professional and ensure your application is filled out completely and thoroughly.
Contact Akrami and Associates
It is essential that you have taken all of the aforementioned requirements and documentation into consideration before you attempt to apply for any of the applications to resolve your criminal inadmissibility. These applications 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 that have criminal inadmissibility apply for these applications to resolve their criminal inadmissibility. If you believe that you may be eligible, 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.
With Akrami & Associates, there is always a way!