A temporary resident is a foreign national who is legally authorized to enter Canada for temporary purposes.
A foreign national has temporary resident status when they have been found to meet the requirements of the legislation to enter and/or remain in Canada as a visitor, student, worker or temporary resident permit holder. Only foreign nationals physically in Canada hold temporary resident status.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada processes these applications under several categories:
Note: Temporary residents are subject to various conditions, such as the length of their stay in Canada
To obtain temporary status in one of these categories it is usually necessary for foreign nationals to make an application for the appropriate visa to the Canadian visa office serving the country where they reside. Canadian visa offices are usually housed in Canadian embassies and consulates in countries outside Canada. There are three main types of temporary residents:
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