Temporary Resident Permit Documents

What Do I Need To Apply for a TRP?

There are several required forms needed in order to apply for criminal rehabilitation so that you can enter Canada. These forms include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Application for rehabilitation
  • A photocopy of your passport that shows your name, country of birth, and date of birth
  • United States citizens will need to provide a photocopy of your driverís license and your birth certificate
  • A copy of each court judgment that has been made against you. The document must show the charge clearly as well as the section of the law that you were charged, the outcome, and the sentence.
  • A copy of the Canadian laws that you were convicted or charged with. You may obtain a copy of the foreign laws that you were convicted of by contacting a lawyer, the courthouse where it occurred, a local police authority, by searching on the internet, or by visiting a local law library.
  • Any documents that relate to the sentence that was imposed, parole, probation, etc. This includes judgesí comments and/or recommendations, court records, parole or probation reports, rehabilitation certificates, a letter of recommendation from a public official or a respected private citizen. Each of these documents has to show when your sentence was finished.
  • A criminal clearance document from police authorities in any area that you have lived at for 6 months or longer since you were 18 years of age. This must be an original document.
  • United States citizens must provide a state certificate or a letter from the police authority from each state that you have lived in since turning 18. Must be original
  • FBI certificate, which must be original
  • For juvenile offenders an original document showing that the country where you were convicted has special laws regarding juvenile offenders
  • A receipt form from paying the fees

The fee for immigration services has to be paid whenever applying for rehabilitation. The fee for approval of rehabilitation can range for $200 to $1000 Canadian dollars based on the severity of the criminal act or the conviction. When applying for rehabilitation $200 must be sent first, if authority from the minister is required an additional $800 will need to be paid. When you use a Canadian immigration lawyer to help apply for a TRP, you can pay this fee directly to him or her in trust, and they will handle paying it to the government.

Once the application is completed it will be reviewed by an officer along with all of the supporting documentation. If it is found that you are eligible for rehabilitation, the officer will make either a positive or negative recommendation on the application. The application will then be sent to the authority that may approve or refuse each of the applications for rehabilitation. For offenses that are not as serious the authority is typically the local office manager. For more serious offenses, the decision will be made by the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration.

Some of the factors that may be considered during the review process include:

  • How many offenses the person has
  • How serious each offense is
  • Behavior since the time the offense was committed
  • The explanation of the offenses and why you are not likely to commit the same offense again
  • Support from your community
  • The reason that you think you are rehabilitated
  • Your current circumstances

Rehabilitation applications may take up to a year to be processed. In order to make sure that your application is processed as quickly as possible, make sure that all of the information and documents that have been requested are provided along with the application. If there is any change to your contact information such as address, fax number, email, or phone number, and make sure that you notify the visa office immediately. Because Criminal Rehabilitation (CR) takes so long to be processed, many people apply for both a TRP and CR at the same time. This allows them to visit travel Canada immediately using the TRP, and to have full access to Canada over the long time thanks to the permanent CR.

Some of the factors that may cause a delay in processing your application include:

  • Missing documents
  • Missing signatures
  • Wrong fee payment
  • Copies of documents being unclear
  • Verifying documents and information
  • Security or criminal problem
  • Medical conditions that require additional testing
  • Consultations needed with other Canadian offices or offices abroad

It is important to also note that approval of this type of application is only one part of determining whether or not you will be able to enter the country. Once you have been approved for rehabilitation you will also need to meet other requirements that are necessary for those that are seeking to enter the country as either a temporary or permanent resident.

If you are a gambler you can always risk being denied entry to Canada by not supporting your TRP or CR application with proper documentation, but if you want a serious shot of gaining entrance via special permission from CIC or the visa office in the United States (there is one in New York and one in Los Angeles) you should back up your application as best as possible.