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.

Applicants can continue to apply for temporary resident visas (TRVs) via online applications only. Paper applications are not being accepted at this time.

Due to the restrictions on travel to Canada by foreign nationals, only applicants who meet one of the exemption criteria and who are travelling for a non-discretionary/non-optional purpose will be processed; this includes both new applications and those whose applications are currently pending. 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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