November 30 2015

Immigration - Starting March 15, 2016...

Rousseau Philippe J.

...travelers to Canada from visa-exempt countries will need to secure an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to flying to Canada. This new requirement targets nationals from countries who do not require a visa to travel to Canada such as nationals from the U.K., European Union Member States, Australia or Japan to name a few.

This eTA is required whether the trip is for tourism or for business. As examples, a British national coming for a week of vacation or a Spanish national coming for meetings will both need to have a valid eTA. Note that visa-exempt nationals transiting through Canada will also need to register.

Similar to the U.S. ESTA, the Canadian eTA may be obtained online. The eTA is an electronic registration and is not a visa. It will be valid for five (5) years. The only documents required to apply are a valid passport, an email address and a credit card to cover for the seven (7) dollar application fee.

Click on this link to start the registration process

U.S. citizens are not affected by this new requirement. Green card holders are however subject to this new requirement.

For work permit holders:

• If the work permit was issued before August 1, 2015, then an eTA will need to be applied for before March 15.

• If the work permit was issued after August 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has since been automatically issuing eTAs with work permits.




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Rousseau Philippe J.
Philippe J. Rousseau
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