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

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Important

Foreign nationals who are required to undergo a medical examination may be unable to arrive in Canada before the expiry date of their medical examination. Until a change request can be implemented to modify the letter of introduction to include the medical examination validity date, officers may use the port of entry facilitation letter. The letter can be modified to include instructions that the client must enter Canada before the expiry of their medical examination.

These program delivery instructions align with the ministerial instructions (MIs) that are in effect from September 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. While processing continues for temporary resident visa (TRV) applications, intake has been limited, until further notice, to applications submitted online (with the exception for those with a disability who cannot apply online). Information about the cohorts of applicants who are exempt from the requirement to submit a TRV application using electronic means can be found at Temporary residence: COVID-19 program delivery.

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