The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will become mandatory
on March 15, 2016. The eTA will be required for most visa-exempt
foreign nationals who want to fly to or transit through Canada.
The eTA is the product of a joint U.S. – Canada border
action plan to cooperate on pre-screening of travelers in order to
identify security threats. As of March 15, 2016 all foreign
nationals from visa-exempt countries, except U.S. citizens, will be
required to obtain an eTA prior to travelling to Canada by air.
While U.S. citizens are exempt from this requirement, U.S. green
card holders are not. Some work permit and study permit holders
already in Canada may need to apply for an eTA if they intend to
leave Canada and return by air.
How does it work?
The eTA is electronically connected to your passport and,
starting March 15, 2016, all visa-exempt foreign nationals will
need to obtain an eTA before boarding any inbound flight for
Canada. This includes all visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to,
or transiting through Canada for tourism, business, as well as
those intending to apply for a work or study permit on arrival at a
Canadian port-of-entry. The eTA is valid for five years, or until
your passport expires, whichever is earlier.
What do you need to do?
If you are a visa-exempt foreign national you will need to apply
for an eTA before travelling to Canada by air. Travelers without an
eTA or valid entry visa for Canada will not be permitted to board
any aircraft in-bound for Canada.
Click here to apply online for your eTA. The
fee for the eTA is $7.00 and must be paid with a credit card at the
time of the application.
If you applied for a work permit or study permit before August
1, 2015 you need to apply for an eTA if you intend to leave Canada
at any point during your work or study period and return by air on
or after March 15, 2016.
If you received a work or study permit on or after August 1,
2015 you may have been issued an eTA along with your work or study
permit. Review your documents carefully to ensure you hold a valid
eTA. If you are unsure of your status, Green and Spiegel recommends
you re-apply for an eTA online.
If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada you are not eligible
to apply for an eTA. All Canadian Permanent Residents will need to
present a valid Permanent Resident Card (PR Card) in order to board
any in-bound air craft for Canada on or after March 15, 2016. If
your PR card is close to expiring, there may be special
implications that require additional consideration. If possible, we
encourage you to apply for the renewal of your Permanent Resident
card 9 months before it expires.
Individuals with inadmissibility issues may experience travel
delays that should be carefully considered prior to applying for
their eTA and prior to booking a flight.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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