Temporary Resident Permit (TRP)
Individuals who wish to enter Canada, as Permanent or Temporary Residents, must meet the requirements of Canada's Immigration law and regulations, especially as they regard health and security.
1) Grants legal entry to Canada for a certain period of time; 2) Can be applied for at any point (unlike criminal rehabilitation, a TRP is not subject to a certain time frame in relation to the completion of the sentence. An individual can in fact be granted a TRP while still serving a portion of his or her sentence, in certain circumstances); and 2) Is issued for the length of the stay in Canada (up to three years) and may be extended from inside Canada.
To apply for a TRP, you will need to submit an application with supporting documents explaining the reason behind your inadmissibility and why your entry into Canada may be justified. If you are a citizen of a visa-exempt country, you will need to apply based on the guidelines set out by your specific country, as the application form may be different.
Applying for a TRP
There are two ways to apply for a TRP:
US citizens and permanent residents
American citizen and permanent residents (Green Card holders) with time to spare before entering Canada may choose to apply at a consulate. Alternatively, they may submit a TRP application at the port of entry upon entering Canada. The primary advantage of applying in this manner is the speed with which an individual can acquire a TRP, which may be granted in a matter of minutes. The main disadvantage of a port of entry application is the uncertainty; you don’t know whether the TRP will be approved or denied by the immigration officer reviewing the application. If denied, you will not be allowed to enter Canada.