Temporary resident visas (TRVs): COVID-19 program delivery

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.

As of July 1, 2020, processing, to the extent possible, will resume for temporary resident visas (TRVs) online. Applications will be prioritized for those who are eligible to travel based on the current travel restrictions; this includes both new applications and applications that are currently in progress. TRV application fees still apply.


Even if an applicant meets the travel restrictions exemption criteria and establishes they are travelling for a non-discretionary/non-optional purpose, they must continue to meet all the usual eligibility and admissibility requirements in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) to be approved.

Applications submitted prior to the travel restrictions will not be prioritized unless the applicant contacts IRCC at IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to indicate how they meet the exemption criteria, why they are travelling for a non-discretionary/non-optional purpose, and provide acceptable documentation.

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