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Understanding the Latest Updates on Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) Fee Exemption in Canada

Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) Fee Exemption

The landscape of Canadian immigration is ever-changing, and staying updated is crucial for both applicants and consultants. One of the recent updates that has caught attention is related to the Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) fee exemption. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made some clarifications that are worth noting.

Firstly, the TRP fee exemption under paragraph 298(2)(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) does not apply to applications made inside Canada when a work permit or study permit application is also submitted. This is a significant point for those who are already in Canada and are considering applying for a TRP alongside a work or study permit. The exemption is not applicable in this scenario, and applicants should be prepared to pay the TRP fee.

Moreover, the IRCC has further clarified the one-time fee exemption for TRPs issued to certain foreign nationals who are inadmissible on criminality grounds. This is an important update for those who may be facing inadmissibility issues but are seeking to enter Canada for work or study purposes.

When it comes to the issuance of work and study permits alongside a TRP, the rules are quite straightforward. If a TRP is valid for at least six months, an officer may consider issuing a work permit to the TRP holder. Similarly, a study permit may be issued to a TRP holder or their family members if the TRP is valid for at least six months and they meet the requirements applicable to foreign nationals seeking a study permit.

For those applying from outside Canada, the TRP is fee-exempt if they are issued a TRP counterfoil instead of a TRV counterfoil due to their inadmissibility or inability to meet the requirements of the Act or Regulations. This exemption is specifically for foreign nationals requesting a work or study permit from outside Canada and does not apply to those who are inside Canada.

In summary, the recent updates on the Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) fee exemption have clarified the scenarios where the exemption applies and where it doesn't. This is crucial information for anyone planning to navigate the complex waters of Canadian immigration, whether they are inside or outside Canada.

Navigating the complexities of Canadian immigration laws and regulations can be challenging. If you're seeking expert guidance on TRPs or any other aspect of Canadian immigration, feel free to reach out to Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services. We are committed to providing comprehensive solutions tailored to your unique needs.


  1. The new Recognized Employer Pilot to provide greater protection for foreign workers:

  2. Program delivery update: Temporary resident permit fee exemption R298(2)(a):

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