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A temporary residence visa gives you limited rights to be present in Canada for a specified period of time engaging in specific activities. The most common types TPVs are temporary work permits, study permits, and visitor’s visas.

Did you know? Even getting a TRV is a difficult process for many. There are many reasons why your application could be denied. If your visit to Canada is important to you then it’s important to involve an immigration attorney from Day 1.

What is a Temporary Resident Visa?

A TRV is an official immigration document. It contains the following information:

  • What you’re authorized to do while you’re here in Canada.
  • How long you’re allowed to do it.
  • In some cases, the document will contain information about where you may do it (e.g., you’ve obtained employment with a specific employer).

As with any visa, you must prove that you meet the requirements of the visa you are seeking to obtain before CIC will issue the visa. In addition if you violate the terms of your visa while you are here you might have trouble receiving other immigration benefits at a later date.

The TRV will be entered into your passport as an official counterfoil document. It does not, however, guarantee entry into Canada. For entry, you will require permission from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

“Upon arrival at a Canadian Port of Entry, the foreign national is required to report to the Canada Border Services Agency. To become a temporary resident, every foreign national who seeks to enter Canada must establish that they hold the visa required by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) and will leave Canada by the end of the period authorized for their stay. The foreign national must satisfy a border services officer of the CBSA that they have the ability and willingness to leave Canada at the end of their authorized stay.” –Canada.ca

Many times TRV holders or those applying for them do run into trouble convincing CBSA that they will leave Canada after their stay. We can help you prepare the evidence that will make immigration officials more inclined to let you into the country.  

What Types of TRV Visas Exist?

There are TRV visas for visitors, workers, and students.

Does Everyone Planning to Visit Alberta Need a Visa?

No. If you’re from some countries with whom Canada has certain treaties then you don’t need a visa. For example, visitors from the United States can travel into Canada on the strength of their passport alone, so long as they don’t stay any longer than six months.

You can find a list of countries whose nationals require visas here.

Even if you are from a visa-exempt nation you will need a visa to visit Canada if you intend to visit for longer than six months.

Single Entry Visa

A single-entry visa lets you enter Canada one time, for one specific purpose. If you want to enter Canada a second time you will need a second visitor’s visa. These visas can be issued for something as simple as “tourist visits” to something as specific as a professional conference that you will be attending while you are here in Canada.

Multiple Entry Visa

A multiple-issue visa is more powerful, and is the actual default TRV. These visas let you travel to Canada as many times as you want for six months at a time during a ten year period, or one month before your passport expires, whichever is shorter. This visa is often highly sought after by individuals who have family members living here in Canada.

Transit Visas

A transit visa is a special kind of visa issued to individuals who will pass through Canada for less than 48 hours while traveling elsewhere. For example, if you’re flying from Chile to Russia then your flight could very well stop at the Calgary Airport.

You only need them if you’re from a non-visa exempt nation, but it is your responsibility to make sure you have one before you are within this nation’s borders. Your travel agent, cruise line, or airline will not apply for this visa on your behalf.

Applying is free.

Work Permits

Have you been hired by a Canadian employer on a temporary basis? You can obtain a temporary work permit to live and work in Canada upon receiving your job offer.

The length of time you’ll be allowed to stay will depend on the employer’s Labor Market Impact Assessment, as well as the length of time that your passport is valid.

Study Permits

Have you been accepted to one of Canada’s colleges, universities, or trade schools? You’re poised to take advantage of one of the finest educations in the world, but before you can come study you must obtain a permit.

You will need to show that you are admissible under Canadian law and that you have the money to support yourself the entire time you will be in Canada. The permit is good for your entire course of study, plus 90 days beyond that.

Eligibility Criteria for Temporary Resident Visas

To apply for a temporary resident visa you must show that you are not a threat to Canada’s health, safety, or security. There may be issues if you have a criminal record, or if you have significant health issues.

Your immigration attorney can help you pinpoint any potential problem areas and account for them.

Get Help from Our Qualified Immigration Law Team Today.

The immigration attorneys in our Calgary offices have decades of experience helping immigrants just like you. We’ve helped thousands of applicants get their work and study permits approved. We’re responsive, empathetic, and will be with you at every step of the process. We can help you put your best foot forward from Day 1.

We can even give you access to attorneys who speak Punjabi and Mandarin, if this would be helpful to you.

Make your first appointment before you touch any other part of the immigration process. Call (403) 237-7777 to get started today.

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