Why is it Taking So Long for My TRP Application to be Processed?

A temporary resident permit, or TRP, is also known as a Canadian visitor’s visa. This temporary resident permit can be used by people from countries who need visitor visas to come to Canada, or by citizens of the Untied States who would ordinarily be criminally inadmissible to Canada.Refugees

Why TRP Processing Times Can Be Long

The processing times for a temporary resident permit can vary depending on a number of factors, including:

– Whether or not your application was filed properly, with all of the required supporting documentation and free of errors or omissions.

– Whether your application was submitted from within Canada or not.

– Whether you submitted your application at the Canadian Border/Port of Entry or the Canadian Consulate.

– Which visa office (meaning which country) you submitted the temporary resident permit application to.

If you apply for a Temporary Resident Permit at the US-Canada Border or Canadian port of entry, you can obtain it pretty much immediately – however, there is still the risk that your application will be denied and you will be turned away. Very inconvenient!

Processing times are longer when you apply at the Canadian embassy or Canadian consulate. It also depends visa office you are applying to.

For example, if you apply from Washington, United States, your application should be processed within 7 days. However if you are applying to the visa office in Seattle, it can take 35 days. At the visa office in Islamabad, Pakistan, the processing time can be as high as 77 days while in Manila, Philippines, it should only take 14 days.

A list of expected wait times for each visa office is available here.

My TRP is taking longer than it should to be processed

If your Temporary Resident Permit is taking longer than the indicated amount of time, you may want to contact the visa office you have submitted it to. You may have made an error on your application that is causing a delay.

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