previously reported that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
Canada ("IRCC"), formerly known as Citizenship and
Immigration Canada, had published regulations implementing its
Electronic Travel Authorization ("eTA") program.
The eTA program requires visa-exempt persons who were entering
Canada as temporary residents (i.e. visitors, students, workers) to
register in advance for an eTA. It is similar to the ESTA
program implemented by United States Customs and Border Protection,
which is required for foreign nationals entering the United States
under the Visa Waiver Program.
The regulations initially required eTAs to be mandatory as of
March 15, 2016. However, the new Liberal Government decided
to delay the enforcement of the eTA requirement by implementing a
At the time, the no fixed termination date was announced for the
leniency period; the official notices merely stated that the
leniency period would end sometime in the Fall of 2016. IRCC
has now announced that the leniency period will end on September
29, 2016. After this date, visa exempt temporary residents
will require an eTA if they intend to enter or re-enter Canada by
Temporary residents who obtained a study or work permit on or
after August 1, 2015, were automatically issued an eTA at the time.
No further action is required in such cases as long as the
temporary resident travels to Canada using the same passport that
they used to apply for their study or work permit. However,
temporary residents who obtained a study or work permit on or
before July 31, 2015, will need to apply for an eTA if they wish to
enter or re-enter Canada by air.
Further information on the eTA program appears at the IRCC website.
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