The Canadian government introduced the TR to PR pathway to Canada in 2021. According to the official Canadian government site, the TR to PR pathway targets approximately 90,000 skilled workers, their families, and foreign graduates who are already residing in Canada.
On April 14th, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented this new pathway for temporary residents who are already in Canada as temporary workers. The following looks at how you can go from being temporary to a permanent Canadian resident.
Eligibility Paths From TR to PR Pathway
The Temporary Public Policy: Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway (TR to PR Pathway) is a time-limited pathway towards obtaining permanent residency status. It is open to be used by qualifying temporary residents and their families.
General Eligibility Requirements
Minimum/general eligibility requirements to apply for the TR To PR immigration pathways include:
- Be in Canada
- Have valid status in Canada
- Plan to live outside of Quebec
- Meet or exceed the language requirements in French or English (CLB or NCLC of 4)
- Be currently employed
- Have eligible work experience
- Not be a refugee claimant in Canada
International Students (French or English)
However, please note that if you are an international graduates in Canada, both English or French speaking, in order to apply you will need to:
- Meet or exceed the language requirements in French or English (CLB or NCLC of 5)
Workers in Canada: Stream A and B (Healthcare)
There are many eligible occupations from which to choose in this program. The following table presents a list of the aforementioned in-demand occupations.
|List of In-demand occupations (Healthcare)|
|Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors||Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment|
|Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses||Medical laboratory technologists|
|Specialist physicians||Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants|
|General practitioners and family physicians||Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists|
|Dentists||Medical radiation technologists|
|Chiropractors||Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.|
|Allied primary health practitioners||Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)|
|Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating||Denturists|
|Pharmacists||Dental hygienists and dental therapists|
|Dietitians and nutritionists||Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants|
|Audiologists and speech-language pathologists||Opticians|
|Physiotherapists||Practitioners of natural healing|
|Occupational therapists||Licensed practical nurses|
|Paramedical occupations||Massage therapists|
|Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment||Dental assistants|
|Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates||Other assisting occupations in support of health services|
|Family, marriage and other related counsellors||Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers|
|Social and community service workers||Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations|
Workers in Canada: Stream A and B (Essential, non-Healthcare)
For this work in Canada stream, there are few changes to the eligible occupations that are profiled and that you can apply to. For stream B, non-healthcare occupations are prioritized and they can be listed as follows.
|List of Eligible In-demand occupations (Essential)|
|Cashiers||Service station attendants|
|Store shelf stockers, clerks and order fillers||Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations|
|Other sales related occupations||Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations|
|Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades||Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades|
|Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers||Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors|
|Tool and die makers||Sheet metal workers|
|Boilermakers||Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters|
|Ironworkers||Welders and related machine operators|
|Electricians (except industrial and power system)||Industrial electricians|
|Power system electricians||Electrical power line and cable workers|
|Telecommunications line and cable workers||Telecommunications installation and repair workers|
|Cable television service and maintenance technicians||Plumbers|
|Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers||Gas fitters|
|Tilesetters||Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers|
|Roofers and shinglers||Glaziers|
|Insulators||Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)|
|Floor covering installers||Residential and commercial installers and servicers|
|Waterworks and gas maintenance workers||Pest controllers and fumigators|
|Other repairers and servicers||Longshore workers|
|Material handlers||Transport truck drivers|
|Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators||Taxi and limousine drivers and chauffeurs|
|Delivery and courier service drivers||Heavy equipment operators (except crane)|
|Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers||Railway yard and track maintenance workers|
|Water transport deck and engine room crew||Boat and cable ferry operators and related occupations|
|Air transport ramp attendants||Other automotive mechanical installers and servicers|
|Construction trades helpers and laborers||Other trades helpers and laborers|
|Public works and maintenance laborers||Railway and motor transport laborers|
|Harvesting laborers||Landscaping and grounds maintenance laborers|
|Aquaculture and marine harvest laborers||Mine laborers|
|Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related laborers||Logging and forestry laborers|
|Mail, postal and related workers||Letter carriers|
|Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors||Retail salespersons|
|Light duty cleaners||Specialized cleaners|
|Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents||General farm workers|
|Nursery and greenhouse workers||Fishing vessel deckhands|
|Trappers and hunters||Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing|
|Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers||Fish and seafood plant workers|
|Testers and graders, food and beverage processing||Managers in agriculture|
|Managers in horticulture||French and French immersion secondary school teachers (the language of instruction must be French)|
|French and French immersion elementary school and kindergarten teachers (language of instruction must be French)||French and French immersion elementary school and kindergarten teachers (language of instruction must be French)|
|Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants||Retail butchers|
|Airline ticket and service agents||Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks|
|Security guards and related security service occupations||Customer services representatives - financial institutions|
|Other customer and information services representatives||Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors, and specialized livestock workers|
|Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance, and horticulture services||Laborers in food and beverage processing|
|Labourers in fish and seafood processing|
You must meet the minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for this program. Answer questions using our eligibility tool, calculate your Comprehensive Ranking System score (CRS) score using our CRS calculator, and review the detailed eligibility requirements for your stream before submitting your application.
If you don’t meet the requirements of one of the six streams we urge you not to apply as your application will be refused. Your processing fees won’t be returned.
Biometric Requirements (incl. Fingerprints and photos)
Family members and yourself need to appear in person to have your fingerprints and photographs taken at a biometric testing center/site. Canadian citizens and permanent residents are exempt from providing their biometrics.
Find out if you need to give biometrics.
If you must submit your biometrics test results, do so only after you:
- Submit and pay for both your application and biometric fees;
- Procure a Biometric Instruction Letter (BIL) to direct you to a list of biometric collection service points to choose from
Bring your BIL to the biometric collection service point and submit your biometrics. We recommend you submit your biometrics as quickly as possible after receiving the BIL. IRCC will begin processing your application when they receive your biometrics.
You must book an appointment and submit your biometrics at an official biometric collection service point.
How to Apply (The Four Steps)
To apply to any of the eligibility above immigration streams to go from TR to PR you need to follow these easy-to-apply steps.
Step 1: Gather the Required Documentation
A checklist of documents will be created and issued when you sign up for the application portal. The checklist identifies the required supporting documentation you must upload onto the portal and apply using this pathway.
Proof of Entry and Status in Canada
To prove your status in Canada submit copies of your most recent immigration documents such as work or study permits.
Proof of Current Employment in Canada
As proof you’re currently employed in Canada, submit a copy of your:
- Work permit
- Employer reference letter that you received from your current Canadian employer
Take care to include your most recent pay stubs as well.
Proof of Language Proficiency
You must meet or exceed the minimum language requirements for your eligible stream.
For Workers in Canada: Stream A (Healthcare) and Stream B (Essential non-healthcare)
Provide the following to prove your work experience:
- A Copy of your issued work permit
- Employer reference letters that identify the duration of your work experience outlined in your application
For International Graduates
You must prove that you graduated from an eligible institution (DLI) and earned an eligible credential (ECA-recognized certifications). Provide the following documents as proof:
- A transcript of your final results
- A letter from your tertiary institution and formal notice of your graduation
Take note that you don’t need to have a Post Graduate Work Permit to qualify for this stream. If your documents are in a language other than English or French, you must also upload an English or French translation stamped by a certified translator.
Step 2: Complete and Fill out Your Application
Follow the instructions below to complete the application forms.
These Forms Must be Filled out and Submitted Using the Dedicated Intake Portal
- Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
- Additional Dependants/Declaration Form (IMM 0008 DEP)
- Schedule A – Background/Declaration Form (IMM 5669)
- Additional Family Information Form (IMM 5406)
- Schedule 3 – Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway: Streams A & B and International Graduates Form (IMM 0130)
- Supplementary Information – Your travels Form (IMM 5562)
- Separation Declaration for Minors Travelling to Canada Form (IMM 5604)
- Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union Form (IMM 5409)
- Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476)
These Documents Must be Submitted Using the Dedicated Intake Portal
- Copy of the biographical Data from a Passport or Travel Document
- Civil Status and Identity Documents
- Informative on children
- Immigration Medical Exams (IME)
- Police Clearances and Certificates
- Application Fees
Copy of the Biographical Data Page of a Passport or Travel Document
Copy of the pages of your passport or travel documents for your spouse, yourself, your dependent children, and/or your common-law partner.
Identity and Civil Status Documents
Provide the following documents for your spouse, yourself, or your common-law partner.
- Documents that are legally authorized and show the name or date of birth changes
- Certificates of marriage, divorce or annulment
- Death certificate for ex-spouse(s) or common-law partner(s)
- Family/household registry/book, National IDs,
- For immigrants with common-law partners, provide and submit the Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union (IMM 5409)
Information About Children if Applicable
Submit the following information:
- Children's birth certificates (which name their parents)
- Adoption papers issued by national authorities that are recognized and showing the legal, approved adoption of the dependent children
- Proof of full custody for children under the age of 18 and proof that the children may be removed from the jurisdiction of the court
Immigration Medical Exams (IME)
An immigration medical exam (IME) from a panel physician is needed as a component of your permanent residence application. Family members also need to have one, even when they won’t come with you.
Police Certificates and Clearances
Provide police certificates when applying for permanent residence for the following:
- Any family members who are 18 years or older,
- Countries you or family members stayed in the past ten years for six months or more consecutively
Take note that Police certificates need to be scanned copies of the original certificate(s) and they must be in color.
Upload a photo of each family member and yourself whether they accompany you.
Please take note that:
- Photos must be taken within six months before the submission of your application
- Digital photographs are accepted. The front side of a physical photo is permitted to be scanned and uploaded.
You need to upload receipts showing the application fee amounts you paid. For more information, refer to the third stage.
Complete all sections. Write “Not Applicable” or “NA” for sections that don't apply. An incomplete application ensures officers don’t possess the necessary information to approve it.
Step 3: Pay Your Due Application Fees
Consult and utilize the table below to calculate the number and amount of application fees needed. Pay the right of permanent residence fee (CAD 515) when submitting your application according to the outline in the public policy. You will be refunded if you are refused or withdraw your application.
|Type of Fees||Fee (CAD)|
|Your permanent residence fees (Principal applicant)||1,085|
|Your Family Members’ Permanent Residence Fees (Per person)|
|Include your spouse or partner in your application (with the right of permanent residence fee)||1,085|
|Include a dependent child in your application – per child||155|
|Biometrics (per person)||85|
|Biometrics (per family) (2 or more people) (Maximum fee for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place)||170|
How to pay the Fees for Your Application
To pay Your Application Fees, you’ll need:
- A valid email address
- A Debit MasterCard® or Visa® Debit or credit card
Note that if no fees are included, insufficient fees and overpayment will result in your application not being properly processed.
You must pay fees to third parties for yourself and your family members (if applicable) for:
- Medical examinations and clearance certificates
- Police Clearance Certificates
- Language Proficiency Assessments
- Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)
Step 4: Submit Your Application Online
Upload and Login all forms to the online intake portal. Follow all instructions to submit your application.
Step 5: Post-Application Response
Submit your application to the relevant organizational body (IRCC) will perform a completeness check on it to make sure that you have filled out all the relevant forms and submitted the relevant documentation.
If your application checks out as complete, you will receive an acknowledgment of receipt via email as proof that your application is complete and provides the IRCC application number.
During the application processing stage, your application will be subject to a detailed review by an IRCC Officer. The Officer will consider the information and documentation you provided and assess it against the public policy requirements.
Should your application be successful, you and your family members are entitled to receive status as permanent residents of Canada.
Please take note of the following circumstances that may delay your application.
- Photocopies of documents that are unclear
- Lack of information and document verification;
- Medical conditions that require more consultations or tests
- Criminal activity or security clearance issues
- If Consultation with other offices in Canada or abroad is required.
Canada: Wonders, Views, and Lifestyle Benefits
The benefits of being a permanent resident of Canada are well documented and are why the country is regarded as one of the best immigration destinations around the world. Almost all immigrants to Canada can attest to the country’s:
For a country with such high living standards, the cost of living is relatively low as is attested to by Numbeo.com.
Canada is the second largest nation in the world concerning the overall landmass. As such, its expansive landscape is filled with numerous lakes, rivers, estuaries, forests, mountains, and valleys. All of these natural features have contributed to the overall beauty of the country that the populace can access safely via the many conservation parks.
Universal Healthcare and Education
The subsidized healthcare and education system ensures that the country has one of the most accessible and universal healthcare and education systems in the world.
Canada’s long and continuing history of immigration has ensured that it has one of the most welcoming communities in the world due to its extensive experience in assisting in the assimilation of newcomers in their communities.
Make the Move to Canada’s Shores Today!
It is important that applicants ensure that they meet the criteria for the program if they wish to apply for the TR to PR pathway to Canada. All applicants must fill out all fields correctly, submit the appropriate supporting documents and pay the stipulated fees as required.
Failure to follow the instructions accurately can delay processing times. Dishonesty in your application for permanent residence will lead to the refusal of your application.
Avoid all of this unnecessary hassle by contacting us today. We’ll put you in touch with a Regulated Canadian immigration consultant (RCIC) who will guide you through the application process to ensure that you meet all the requirements above.
What is the Best Pathway From TR to PR?
The best immigration pathway to go from TR to PR in Canada is through the Express Entry’s Canadian Experience Class due to its fast-track process that can be as fast as six months.
Which Place in Canada is the Easiest to get Permanent Residency?
Every Canadian permanent resident is entitled to the same benefits as others. Therefore there is no generally accepted best place to be a PR in Canada. Please note that alternative immigration pathways are also available to use if you are eligible such as pilot programs and family sponsorships.
What is the Best Benefit of Being a Permanent Resident in Canada?
Access to Canada's subsidized healthcare and education system is usually cited by the new Canadian PR as the best benefit of being a permanent resident in Canada.