A temporary resident visa (TRV) is an authorized travel document that is placed in a person’s passport that they have met the conditions for immigrating to Canada as a temporary resident.
If you have a TRV it will not ensure your entry to Canada. Also, it will not give you any status inside Canada. The admittance of foreign nationals into Canada as temporary residents is not a right but a privilege. The document is issued by the visa officer for the length of time as a study or work permit.
Why do I need a TRV?
You will require a TRV to enter or re-enter Canada if you are a citizen of a nation that requires a visa. For air travel to Canada, if you are from a nation that does not require a visa, you will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Since a TRV is only required for entry, having one is unnecessary once you are in Canada. However, in the event of an unplanned journey overseas, it is strongly advised to always carry a current TRV.
You must meet a few basic requirements to get a visitor visa:
- Must have a valid passport or another valid document;
- Be in good health;
- Have no record of criminal activity and you will follow the law;
- You must provide evidence that you have adequate money to provide for yourself and your family members in Canada;
- Prove that you meet the conditions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and that your stay in Canada is on a temporary basis;
- Have the intention to go back home;
- Not show any intention to work or study in Canada unless you are allowed to do so;
- Should not be a security risk;
- Need to show a medical exam and letter of invitation from someone who lives in Canada.
Note: Several supporting documents may be required depending on the reason for visiting Canada
Unlike study permits, TRVs are good until the date of expiration indicated on the document. Most travelers to Canada are permitted to stay for up to six months. You can be given a stay of less than or equal to six months by the border services officer. In that case, they’ll set the date of your leaving in your passport.
How You Can Lose Your Temporary Resident Status?
An applicant risks losing their TR status in Canada if they do not properly contribute to maintaining it. The primary reasons that this can happen are;
- If the TR period has closed;
- If the visa has expired;
- If your permit has been cancelled;
- If it has been determined that they have not complied with any part of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
How You Can Restore the Canadian TRV Status?
When a foreign student, worker, or visitor loses their Canadian TR status, an officer will interview them to determine whether they “meet the initial requirements for their stay” and will then decide whether to restore their status in light of their findings.
How to apply?
Step 1: Get the documents that show you meet the criteria for a visitor visa
Step 2: Apply online
Create an account >> Upload your documents >> Pay your fees
Step 3: Submit your biometrics