Permit Holder Class: from TRP to PR

If you have already read my article on Temporary Resident Permit, you know that some TRP holders could immigrate. Of course, to become a member of the Permit Holder Class, you need more than a TRP. I explain the TRP to PR pathway under the Permit Holder Class in this article.

In this article, I assume you are familiar with the concept of TRP. However, if you are not, then click here for more information. Nonetheless, if you are facing issues contact us.

Who is a member of the Permit Holder Class?

You are a member of the Permit Holder Class if you meet all the following requirements:

  • You have continuously resided in Canada for at least three to five years. However, the duration of stay depends on the reason for the TRP application.
  • Your TRP is currently valid. Of course, you have also held a TRP for the qualifying period.
  • You are not facing any inadmissibility issues. Nonetheless, the original inadmissibility that was the reason for the TRP application does not matter.
  • You are not facing any ineligibility issues.

Who is ineligible for the Permit Holder Class?

A person who does not meet the first three qualifications I mentioned earlier is not a member of the Permit Holder Class. Moreover, the following issues make you ineligible.

Break in the continuity

The maximum duration of a TRP is three years. Also, most TRPs do not allow you re-entry. Consequently, you could become a Permit Holder Class member if you remain in Canada continuously and renew the TRP before expiry.

If your TRP allows re-entry, you may leave Canada and re-enter. However, the duration of absentees must remain short. Unfortunately, it is at an officer’s discretion to identify the effect of absences on your PR application. Therefore, it is in your best interest not to leave Canada, even if you have permission for re-entry.

Residency requirements

The following table explains residency requirements. However, you must consider other criteria as well.

Minimum three years of continuous residency Minimum five years of ongoing residency
  • You are inadmissible to Canada because of medical issues
  • The inadmissibility is because you were the accompanying family member of a person above
  • You are the accompanying family member of a person in the second paragraph

PR pathway for the Permit Holder Class

If you are a member of the Permit Holder Class, you may apply for permanent residence. However, if you live in Quebec, you need to get approval from the MIDI first. Regardless, the immigration process includes the following steps:

Case Processing Centre in Edmonton
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada
c/o General, Station 005
9700 Jasper Avenue NW, Suite 55
Edmonton, AB T5J 4C3

Keep in mind the list of forms and documents could change at any point in time. Moreover, IRCC may even change the application procedure. Therefore, double-check everything on their website.

Application for family members

The Permit Holder Class excludes concurrent applications for dependent family members. Therefore, you must take one of the following routes for family members.

  • Option 1: Your family member holds a TRP. Thus, they may apply separately as the principal applicant of a separate Permit Holder Class application.
  • Option 2: They are not members of the Permit Holder Class. Consequently, you may sponsor them to Canada after becoming a permanent resident.

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