This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
Every year, more than 35 million people visit Canada to enjoy the many opportunities our country has to offer, including visiting family and friends.
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:
- Temporary resident visas
- Electronic travel authorizations
- International students
- Temporary workers
- Temporary resident permits
Temporary residents are subject to various conditions, such as the length of their stay in Canada [R183].