Temporary Resident Permits
If an individual is inadmissible to Canada, due to criminal, security or medical reasons, but requires entry to Canada, they may be eligible for a Temporary Resident Permit Canada (TRP). 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.
A Temporary Resident Permit Canada is required until such time as criminal inadmissibility has been removed, either through applying for the criminal rehabilitation process or deemed rehabilitation. There are several different circumstances that could result in criminal inadmissibility and cause a person to need a TRP. Interviews are usually necessary for serious inadmissibility or flagrant or intentional violations, or to assess credibility, merit, or risk and the degree of contrition. An interview may not be necessary if inadmissibility is on health or technical grounds and when credibility or merit is not an issue or where the inadmissibility involves one or two minor (summary) offences and five years has passed.
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.
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