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Temporary resident visas and electronic transit authorizations

General information

  • What is a Temporary Resident Visa?

    Depending on your country of citizenship, you may require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada. If you come from a TRV-exempt country, you may still require an Electronic Transit Authorization (eTA) to fly or transit through Canada.

    A TRV (also referred to as an entry visa) is a sticker placed inside your passport that gives you permission to enter and re-enter Canada. This sticker does not give you status in Canada. It is not your temporary resident status document (i.e. study permit or work permit).  

    Single-entry visa

    If you apply for a TRV from outside of Canada, you will most likely receive a single-entry visa, which gives you permission to enter Canada once.

    Multiple-entry visa

    If you apply for a TRV from within Canada using your temporary resident status document (e.g. study permit or work permit), you will likely receive a multiple-entry visa. Your TRV will typically be set to expire at the same time as your status document. However, the validity period of your visa is determined by the immigration officer reviewing your application. The officer may decide to give you a visa that is valid for a shorter period than your status document.

  • What is an Electronic Transit Authorization?

    An Electronic Transit Authorization (eTA):

    • Is an entry requirement for travelers from visa-exempt countries who fly to or transit through Canada.
    • Is valid for up to five years or until the passport you used to apply for your eTA expires.
    • Allows you to travel to Canada many times, and stay for up to six months (the border officer will tell you how long you can stay).

    Applying for an eTA is a simple online process. Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes. However, some requests can take several days to process if you're asked to submit supporting documents. It is best to get an eTA before you book your flight to Canada.

    To find out if you require a TRV or eTA to enter Canada, visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

  • What is the difference between a TRV and a study permit?

    A TRV allows you to enter or re-enter Canada.

    A study permit is your temporary resident status document; it is what gives you permission to legally stay in Canada and study. You should never let your study permit expire. A study permit alone does not authorize re-entry into Canada.

  • Do I need a TRV or eTA?

    Foreign nationals from certain countries require a TRV while foreign nationals from other countries do not.

    Even if you do not require a TRV, you may still require an eTA. To find out if you require a TRV or eTA to enter Canada, visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

  • What happens if my TRV expires?

    Unlike your status document (i.e. study permit or work permit), your TRV can expire. You do not always need to have a valid TRV. If you do not intend to traveling outside of Canada and re-entering, then you do not need to renew your TRV. However, you need a valid TRV every time you re-enter Canada.  

  • What are the TRV application processing times?

    When applying for a TRV, you first submit your application and documents. If your application is approved, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will contact you and ask you to mail your passport.

    The application processing times are always changing. Check application processing times.


How to apply

  • Instructions: Applying from outside Canada

    Applicants applying for a TRV from outside of Canada should refer to the application instructions for their nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC). 

    Note: Each VAC has slightly different requirements, so be sure to refer to the instructions for your specific location.

  • Instructions: Applying from inside Canada
    • Whether you are applying for a TRV for the first time or are looking to renew your TRV, the process from within Canada is the same.
    • You can apply online or by mail.
      • Online tends to be the faster option.
      • If you are applying for spouses and children simultaneously, by mail is the only option.

    TRV Application Instruction Guide (Students)

    If you are applying for a TRV from within Canada as an International or Exchange student, follow the step-by-step instruction guide above, which explains:

    • How to create your online MyCIC account.
    • How to complete the online questionnaire which will generate your document checklist.
    • How to correctly complete the immigration application IMM 5257 (Application for Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa)).  

    Note: When applying online, you first submit your application. Once it is approved, IRCC will contact you and request that you mail them your passport so they can insert your new visa.


    TRV Application Instruction Guide (Workers)

    If you are applying for a TRV from within Canada and have a Post-Graduation Work Permit, follow the step-by-step instruction guide above, which explains:

    • How to create your online MyCIC account.
    • How to complete the online questionnaire which will generate your document checklist.
    • How to correctly complete the immigration application IMM 5257 (Application for Visitor Visa (Temporary Resident Visa)).

    Note: When applying online, you first submit your application. Once it is approved, IRCC will contact you and request that you mail them your passport so they can insert your new visa.

  • Required documents

    Document checklist (applications within Canada)

    Generally, the required documents for current students include:

    • Application for Temporary Resident Visa (IMM 5257)
    • current university transcript
    • Family Information Form (IMM 5707)
    • photocopy of current immigration status (e.g. study permit, work permit, or visitor record)
    • photocopy of passport 
    • proof of enrolment in studies
    • proof of financial support 
    • two photos meeting requirements

    Required University of ONtario Institute of Technology documents

    • Copy of official transcript 
    • Letter of Acceptance or current Letter of Enrolment

    Requesting official transcripts

    You can request an transcript online through MyCampus by following the instructions below:

    MyCampus transcript request instructions

    • Log in to MyCampus.
    • On right-hand side under Helpful links > Student records select Request printed/official transcript
    • Select the transcript be issued to you directly.
    • Under Delivery method, you can select Standard mailing $12 per copy op Pick up main campus $12 per copy.  

    If you pick up your transcript on campus (Registrar's office in the Software and Informatics Research Centre), it is faster.  

    Note: You will receive the transcript in a sealed envelope. You can open the seal to review the transcript for accuracy and if you are scanning the document for online TRV applications.

    Requesting Verification of Enrolment letters

    Undergraduate students

    Download this letter online through MyCampus or visit the Registrar's office in the Software and Informatics Research Centre.

    MyCampus Verification of Enrolment Letter request instructions
      1. Log in to MyCampus.
      2. Select the UOIT Awards and Financial Aid tab along the top.
      3. On right-hand side under Student Records, select Verification of Enrolment Letter.
      4. Select the term for which you want proof of enrolment. *
      5. A letter will be automatically generated and downloaded.

    Note: You can only get proof of enrolment for terms you have registered for. If your expected date of graduation is incorrect, you need to ask the Registrar's office to manually change this information by visiting them in person.

    Graduate students

    Request this document from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, located at Campus Corners, Room 1400.

  • Passport mailing instructions

    Follow IRCC's instructions on how and where to mail your passport once your application for a TRV is approved.


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