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How to Apply for a Temporary Resident Permit in Canada: Step-by-Step Process – Cougar Immigration

Are you planning to visit Canada for a short period of time but your criminal record is holding you back? Don’t worry, there’s still hope! Applying for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) can be the solution to your problem. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of applying for a TRP in Canada. So sit tight and read on to know how you can successfully obtain a temporary resident permit and explore all that beautiful Canada has to offer!

Introduction to Temporary Resident Permits

If you are not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, you may need a temporary resident permit (TRP) to visit or stay in Canada. A TRP is usually valid for a specific period of time and allows you to do activities that are restricted to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

To apply for a TRP, you must first fill out an application form and pay the application fee. You will also need to provide supporting documents, such as a passport, proof of financial support, and a letter explaining your purpose for visiting Canada. Depending on your country of citizenship, you may also need to provide additional documents, such as a police certificate.

Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by an immigration officer. If you are approved for a TRP, you will be issued a document that must be presented to a border services officer when you arrive in Canada.

It is important to note that having a TRP does not guarantee entry into Canada. The final decision on whether or not to allow you into the country rests with the border services officer.
A TRP is not the same as a work permit or study permit. If you want to work or study in Canada, you may need to apply for a different type of visa or permit.

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What are the Requirements for Obtaining a TRP?

In order to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP), you must meet the following requirements:

1. You must have a valid reason for wanting to enter Canada, such as work, study, or family ties.

2. You must have a valid passport or other travel document.

3. You must be admissible to Canada, which means you cannot have any criminal convictions or be considered a security risk.

4. You must be in good health and have no serious medical conditions.

5. You must prove that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Canada.

6. You must be able to demonstrate ties that will ensure you leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay.

7. You must be able to prove that your stay in Canada will not cause any harm to Canadian society and/or its citizens.

8. You must be able to fulfill all applicable TRP requirements as listed on the application form and in the immigration guide.

9. You may also need to provide additional documents with your application, depending on your particular situation.

10. If your application is approved, you must pay an applicable processing fee.

Finally, you must submit your application to the Canadian visa office responsible for processing applications from your country.

How to Apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (step-by-step process)

The first step is to determine if you need a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) by asking yourself the following questions:
Do I intend to stay in Canada for more than six months?
Am I inadmissible to Canada?
If you answered yes to both questions, then you will need to apply for a TRP. If you are unsure of your admissibility, you can find more information on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

The second step is to gather the required documents. These include:
A completed application form
Two passport-sized photographs of yourself taken within the last six months
Your valid passport or travel document
Any other required supporting documents (e.g., police certificates, medical examination results, proof of financial support)
Once you have all of the required documents, you are ready to move on to step three.

The third step is to pay the application fee. The current fee for a TRP is $200 CAD. You can pay this fee online, by mail or in person at a Visa Application Centre (VAC).
After you have paid the fee, you will need to submit your application in person at a VAC or by mail. If submitting by mail, be sure to include all of the required documentation and send it to the appropriate address listed on the IRCC website. If submitting in person at a VAC, they will review your application and document to make sure everything is in order.

The fourth step is to wait for a decision. The processing time for a TRP can take up to six months, so you should plan accordingly. You will be notified by mail when a decision has been made on your application.

Once you have received a decision on your application, the fifth and final step is to pick up your TRP if it was approved. If you applied at a VAC, then you will need to pick it up from the same location. Otherwise, if applied by mail, it will be sent to the address provided on your application form.

Once you have picked up your TRP, you can start traveling in Canada or proceed with any other required activities in accordance with the conditions of the permit.
Following these steps will ensure that you have an easy and successful application process for your Temporary Resident Permit.

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Tips and Considerations When Applying for a TRP

When applying for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP), there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements. You must have a valid reason for wanting to enter Canada, and you must be able to provide supporting documentation. Second, be prepared to pay the application fee and any other associated costs. Third, familiarize yourself with the application process so that you can complete it accurately and in a timely manner. Keep in mind that even if you are approved for a TRP, there is no guarantee that you will be allowed to stay in Canada for the entire duration of your permit. If your situation changes or if Canadian immigration officials have concerns about your ability to comply with the terms of your permit, they may revoke it at any time.
Finally, it is important, to be honest and straightforward when completing your application. Make sure you provide accurate information and do not attempt to manipulate the system or misrepresent the facts. Doing so can lead to serious consequences, including inadmissibility.

Alternatives to the TRP

There are a few alternatives to the Temporary Resident Permit process in Canada. One option is to apply for permanent residence through one of the many programs offered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Another option is to apply for a work permit instead. Work permits are typically easier to obtain than temporary resident permits, but they do not provide the same level of protection or benefits. You could also try to enter Canada without a permit, but this is generally not recommended as it can lead to serious consequences.
Finally, you could apply for a humanitarian and compassionate consideration (H&C) to stay in Canada. This is a process where the IRCC considers your unique circumstances to determine if you can stay in Canada without a permit. However, it is important to note that this option is more difficult to obtain than the other alternatives.


Applying for a temporary resident permit in Canada is an important step, and it requires careful attention to detail. We hope that this article has helped you to understand the process of obtaining a temporary resident permit and has provided you with all the information you need to make your application successful. If you have any further questions about how to apply for a temporary resident permit in Canada, please don’t hesitate to contact us as we are always available to help answer your questions. Good luck with your application!


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