Temporary Resident Visa Overview
The Temporary Resident Visa is often referred to as a “visitor visa”. It allows a person to stay in Canada for a short period of time. Usually, it is up to 6 months, unless there is a stamp, handwritten date or document in your passport indicating an expiry date. This type of visa can be single entry or multiple entries. If you can prove the Canadian Consulate that you will not violate the visa rules, they might issue you a visa with a very long validity – up to ten years. Otherwise, you’ll get a 6-month visa.
There are different purposes of staying such as tourism, study, business, family visits, and so forth. Once the term of your stay expires, you have to leave the country. If you want to stay longer, then you need to go through the necessary procedures to change the status of a permanent visa before your present temporary visa expires.
People from countries that do not have a visa exemption or an Electronic Travel Authorization agreement with Canada will need a visa to enter the country. Other words, people from around 148 countries need a visa to visit, work, or immigrate to Canada.
Temporary Resident Visa for Students
The Temporary Resident Visa or visitor visa allows foreign nationals who intend to study in Canada for less than 6 months. If a study program is exceeding 6 months or you think you might continue your studies in another program after you complete your short-study course, then it is better to apply for a study permit.
Apart from general requirements, which applicants of a visitor visa have to fulfill, foreign nationals intending to undergo a short-study program in Canada must meet the following conditions:
- A letter from a designated Canadian institution, testifying that you will be taking a short-study course in that institution
- Proof that you can afford tuition fees
Temporary Resident Visa for Entrepreneurs
The temporary resident visa or visitor visa also allows a foreigner without a work permit to visit Canada with the purposes of doing business with a Canadian company and engage in the activities, such as attending workshops, conferences, etc.
The visitor visa holders visiting Canada for business-related matters can only stay in Canada for a short period of time, usually less than 6 months. Additionally, individuals with this type of visa cannot work for any company in Canada. If you want to go to Canada to work temporarily, then you need a Temporary Worker Visa.
Apart from general requirements, which applicants of a visitor visa have to fulfill, foreigners intending to visit Canada for business purposes must meet certain conditions. They must:
Own business in a country other than Canada or work for a business registered in a country other than Canada;
- Have an income from a place of work that is located in a country other than Canada;
- Provide an invitation letter from a Canadian company to attend a meeting, conference, or workshop.
Temporary Resident Visa for Visitors (Tourists)
Canada Visitor Visa is the same as a Temporary Resident Visa which allows visiting Canada for a tourism/family visit, short study, and business purpose.
The Visitor Visa allows foreigners to Canada for travel and family-visit purpose. If you have this type of visa and the officers find that you do not have any criminal record, you will be allowed to enter Canada. With this visa, you can travel around Canada for less than 6 months as long as you are in good financial standing.
Other Types of Temporary Visas
Temporary Foreign Worker Visa
To come to Canada as a worker, you will need a temporary work permit. Generally, to get a work permit, you must obtain a job offer from a Canadian employer. Then the employer has to provide you with a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
Foreign caregivers, entrepreneurs, agricultural workers, and foreign academics can apply for specific work permit programs.
It is important to know that you can’t travel to Canada with a temporary work permit. This type of temporary resident visa assumes that once your temporary work permit expires, you must return to your home country. To immigrate to Canada, you’ll need to apply for one of the immigration programs as a skilled worker. It can be a Federal Skilled Worker Program or a Canadian Experience Program in the Express Entry system.
There are two ways to do that. One is applying in Canada, but before your work permit expires. And the other one, applying from your home country.
Temporary Resident Permit
Some people are inadmissible to Canada because of medical issues, criminal or DUI conviction. However, you can come to the country under the Temporary Resident Permit (TRP). You will have to show that despite the issues you have, your stay in Canada is very important and justified. Then a Canadian immigration visa officer will consider your need to enter Canada and will grant a TRP.
The TRP is usually valid for three years and can be extended for a longer period. In some cases, inadmissible persons receive permanent resident status in Canada. Once a temporary residence permit is not valid, you need to leave the country.
People with criminal or DUI conviction usually need to go through a Criminal Rehabilitation to enter Canada. On the contrary, a person can still serve his sentence and come to Canada with valid TRP.
Working Holiday Visa
A Working Holiday Visa is very popular among young professionals. This type of visa allows them to work in Canada and at the same time have a great opportunity to travel around the country.
This visa is for young people from 34 countries that have a special agreement with the Canadian government. Under this agreement, they can work and freely travel to Canada.
The Working Holiday Visa is part of an International Experience Canada Program, which also includes the Young Professionals Program and International Co-Op.
This is another program to acquire work experience in Canada and prepare the way for the immigration plans. Under the Young Professionals Program, you can find employment in science, law, health, education, commerce, and communication. The main requirement is a job offer from a Canadian employer. Successful candidates receive a temporary working visa valid for one to two years with a possibility to extend it.
International Co-Op Internship
If you are a post-graduate student from a country which signed an agreement with the Canadian government, then the International Co-Op Internship might be a good match for you. As a student, you can complete an internship in Canada as part of your study program. The eligibility requirements are similar to those for the Working Holiday Visa. However, unlike the working holiday visa, you’ll need to secure a job offer from a Canadian employer.
General Requirements for the Temporary Resident Visa
To apply for a temporary resident visa you must be at least 18 years old. Also, you’ll have to provide a document from the police department stating that you don’t have any criminal background. In addition to that, get ready to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your stay in Canada. In some cases, the Canadian Consulate might ask you to pass a medical examination. And not least, you should prove that your stay in Canada is temporary and that you will return to your home country before your visa is expired.
What You Must Know About Temporary Visa Types
If you can’t come to Canada as a visitor, student or a business visitor for criminal or security reasons, then you should apply for a TRP. Examples of a crime include driving while under alcohol. Normally, you won’t be able to enter Canada unless you overcome criminal inadmissibility – Criminal Rehabilitation. However, what if you have an urgent need to come to Canada? TRP is a solution.
Don’t mess up a TRP with a TRV (Temporary Resident Visa). If you don’t have any criminal record, health issues or DUI and need to visit Canada on a temporary business trip, you should apply for a TRV or a visitor visa.