Temporary Resident (Visitor), Student and Temporary Worker Applicants
NOTE: The Canadian Consulte in Buffalo is closed effective May 29, 2012.
To submit a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV) application from within Canada, please mail your application to:
CPP – Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 6T2
If sent by private courier:
Temporary Resident Visa Section
365 Laurier Avenue W.
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1
Application forms and document requirements remain unchanged.
Payment method has changed to “in Canada” methods: Online through My CIC or by using the 3-part receipt (can be ordered through CIC)
A TRV is a “permit” issued by a Consulate, Embassy or High Commission abroad that is laminated in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident (either as a visitor, student, or worker).
A TRV may be for a single entry, for multiple entries, or for transit purposes. A single entry visa allows you to enter Canada only once. A multiple entry visa allows you to enter Canada from any country multiple times during the validity of the visa.
Do I need a temporary resident visa?
Persons who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada may require a visa to enter Canada. The requirement for a visa also applies to temporary residents who are in transit through Canada. If you require a TRV, one would have automatically been issued to you when you applied for your first study permit from home. It is ok to let your TRV expire; however, you must obtain a new one in order to leave and re-enter Canada.
If you are planning to travel outside of Canada and no longer have a valid TRV in your passport, you must apply for a new one. The only exception is if you will be travelling from Canada, solely to the US and back in to Canada. In this case you do not require a TRV for re-entry, but you must have a valid study permit and US Visa.
Processing Times: CIC states an average processing time of 4-6 weeks. Please note that it can take significantly longer during peak travel times and for citizens of countries requiring mandatory background checks. We suggest you apply a minimum of 2 months before you plan to travel.
How To Apply
- Application for Temporary Resident Visa made Outside of Canada (IMM 5257) – Required
- Family Information (IMM 5645) – Required
- Schedule 1 – Application for a Temporary Resident Visa made Outside of Canada – If Applicable
- Valid passport (there must be one completely blank page other than the last page, available in each passport).
- Two photos, meeting the requirements outlined in Appendix B – Photo Specifications. On the back of both photos, write the name and date of birth of the person appearing in the photo. [The frame size must be at least 35mm x 45mm (1 3/8” x 1 3/4”)].
- Photocopy of your current immigration document (if applicable). (e.g – study permit, work permit or temporary resident permit)
- A Certificate of Enrolment which you can obtain from the student on-line application form in Carleton Central. (The Registrar’s Office is no longer accepting requests at the counter unless urgent). The following information should be specified: program, year of study, and full or part time status.
- Transcripts for all of your Carleton studies completed to date which you can also obtain from Carleton Central
- If you studied in another institution in Canada prior to your studies at Carleton, provide transcripts (or other form of proof) from this institution as well
- Provide proof of financial support(indicating that you have enough money to sustain yourself while you study in Canada). An example of this type of proof would be a stamped print-out from a bank teller which outlines your current bank balance(s) or a history of deposits to record family or third-party supporPay
We strongly advise against making any firm travel arrangements until your application has been processed and you have received your passport with the visa.
We encourage you to use Canada Post’s Xpresspost-National service for the submission of your application and passport. You should also provide a pre-paid Xpresspost-National envelope for the return of your passport.
- Purchase two prepaid 24 x 32 cm (no smaller) Xpresspost – National envelopes at any Canada Post retail outlet
- Use one to send your application package to the CPC and the second is for the secure return of your passport.
- Complete the mailing label on the return envelope showing your full mailing address in the “Deliver To” field and the CPC address (below) in the “Return Address” field.
- Make a note of the tracking number for each envelope.
- Send your application, passport, supporting documents and the return envelope to:
CPP – Ottawa
Temporary Resident Visa Section
365 Laurier Avenue West
Payment: Can be done by credit card on My CIC or by using the 3 part receipt available at the ISSO.
Single Entry – $75.00 CDN
Multiple Entry – $150.00 CDN