On March 15, 2016, The Government of Canada will implement
significant new entry requirements for those arriving by air.
Currently, citizens of several countries require a Temporary
Resident Visa ("TRV") to enter Canada and can apply for
the TRV through a Canadian Consulate, while citizens of visa-exempt
countries may arrive at a Canadian border or airport without first
applying for the TRV. Beginning March 15, 2016, most travelers,
even from some visa-exempt countries, flying into or transiting
through Canada will require an Electronic Travel Authorization
("eTA") prior to boarding a flight to Canada. Travelers
of all ages will require an eTA when they fly into Canada,
including young children.
Who Will NOT Require an eTA to Enter Canada?
Travelers with a valid TRV
Canadian Permanent Residents
Travelers entering Canada by land or by sea
Who Will Require an eTA to Enter Canada?
U.S. lawful permanent residents ("green card
holders") entering by air
To apply for an eTA, individuals must have a valid passport, a
credit card, a scanner, and an email address. In addition to
biographical data, the online application form will gather
information regarding criminal history, employment information,
marital status, and confirmation of funds available for each
individual's stay in Canada. All applications are submitted
online through an individualized MyCIC account created by the
applicant. The Government of Canada will gather the information to
pre-screen travelers' admissibility to Canada.
The eTA application requires an online fee payment of $7.00 CAD.
The eTA will electronically link to the passport and, once granted,
will remain valid for a period of five years from the day on which
it is issued to the applicant unless the individual's passport
or travel document is set to expire, the eTA is cancelled, or the
individual applies for and receives a new eTA valid for a longer
duration. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
("IRCC")'s website projects that most applicants can
expect to receive an email response "within minutes" of
Seyfarth Shaw strongly recommends applying as soon as an
individual becomes aware he or she will travel to Canada by air
after March 15, 2016, as application processing may lead to
unforeseen delays. Following submission of the eTA application,
IRCC reserves the right to request an in-person interview or
additional documentation. In addition to the eTA, all
individuals entering Canada must continue to meet general
admissibility requirements and will continue to be interviewed by a
Canada Border Services Agency officer prior to being granted entry
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