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1. What is a temporary resident?

A temporary resident is a foreign national who is legally authorized to enter Canada for temporary purposes.

A foreign national has temporary resident status when they have been found to meet the requirements of the legislation to enter and/or remain in Canada as a visitor, student, worker or temporary resident permit holder. Only foreign nationals physically in Canada hold temporary resident status.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada processes these applications under several categories:


2. What are the requirements for visitors?

  • Valid travel document (passport)
  • Good health (may require medical exam)
  • Enough money to cover the stay in Canada
  • Ties in home country (job, family, property, assets)
  • Intent to leave Canada at the end of visit
  • Passport-holders of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, lceland, lreland, lsrael, ltaly, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Romania (e-passport holders), Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon lslands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, The Vatican;
  • Citizens of Brazil who have held a Canadian temporary visa in the past 10 years, or currently hold a valid U.S. non-immigrant visa
  • Persons lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence who are in possession of their alien registration card (Green card) or can provide other evidence of permanent residence
  • British citizens and British Overseas Citizens who are re-admissible to the United Kingdom;
  • Citizens of the British dependent territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin lslands, Cayman lslands, Falkland lslands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn lsland, Saint Helena or the Turks and Caicos lslands
An eTA is a requirement for all visa-exempt foreign nationals who wish to fly to or transit through Canada.   Exceptions: US citizens / holders of a valid Canadian visa i holders of a valid Canadian status re-entering Canada after visiting US or St. Pierre and Miquelon / French citizens living and flying directly from St. Pierre and Miquelon.

3. What are the requirements for temporary workers?

LMIA (if applicable).

Temporary resident visa / eTA (if applicable).

Job offer / contract.

Proof of financial support.

Police certificate and medical examination might be required

LMIA Exemptions
  • Workers under international agreements
  • Spouses of NOC 0, A, B foreign workers with work permit of 6+ months
  • Workers, their spouses and dependents eligible for work permit under a pilot project
  • Workers nominated by a province for PR with job offer
  • Entrepreneurs and workers transferred within a company
  • Academics (researchers, guest lecturers, visiting professors, etc.)
  • Co-op students, religious workers, refugee claimants
  • People in exchange programs, including IEC
  • Spouses of full time (non ESL/FSL/General courses) foreign students (spouse is enrolled in full time studies)
Work Permit Exemptions
  • Academic examiners and evaluators
  • Athletes and coaches competing in Canada
  • Aviation accident or incident investigators
  • Civil aviation inspectors
  • Clergy
  • Convention organizers (not hands on)
  • Crew members
  • Emergency service providers
  • Expert witnesses or investigators
  • Family members of foreign representatives (DFATD approved)
  • Foreign government officers (formal letter required for 3+months)
  • Health care students (-4 months internship + written approval)
  • Judges, referees and similar officials for international amateur competitions
  • Military personnel
  • Business visitors
  • News reporters, film and media crews for foreign news company
  • Public speakers (up to 5 days)
  • Students working on/off campus
  • Performing artists and key support staff (limited time and not making a movie, television or radio broadcast)

Examples: street performers, disc jockeys, traveling circus, guest artists working within a Canadian group, wrestlers, people who will perform at a private event (wedding), air show performers, rodeo contestants, artists attending/working a showcase, film producers (business visitors), film/recording studio users (limited to small groups renting studios, business visitors) and people doing guest spots on Canadian television and radio broadcasts (news programs)

Work Permit will not be issued if:
  • The applicant intends to work in Quebec but doesn’t hold CAQ.
  • The intended work would affect any labour dispute in progress or the job of any person involved in the dispute.
  • The foreign national is engaged in unauthorized work or study, or failed to comply with a condition within last 6 months. Exception: 6 months have lapsed since infraction; unauthorized work was due to unauthorized time of stay; type/location of work or study.
  • The foreign national intends to work in erotic services.
  • The employer is ineligible to hire foreign nationals.
  • The foreign national no longer meets the requirements.
  • The applicant is the spouse of a NOC C, D temporary worker.
Global Skills Strategy
  • Allows applicants to obtain work permit within 2 weeks if the employer has a positive LMIA through the Global Talent Stream of the TFWP AND the candidate is applying for an employer-specific work permit;
  • OR if the applicant is LM|A-exempt in a NOC O/A profession AND the work permit will be employer-specific, AND the employer has submitted an offer of employment through the Employer Portal + paid compliance fee.

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