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- The majority of foreign citizens traveling to Canada are required to obtain a visa in order to enter the country. Citizens from a number of visa-exempt countries are able to enter Canada without a visa for short stays, but are required to complete an Electronic Travel Authorization application for Canada in order to do so.
- The Canada eTA was implemented in 2016 in order to pre-screen and determine the eligibility of foreign citizens to enter Canada.
- Upon approval, it is valid for a total of 5 years, and allows multiple entries of a maximum stay of 6 months each during this time.
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eTA Application Process
In order to apply for the electronic travel authorization, applicants must first meet the eTA requirements for Canada. It is necessary to have:
- A passport valid for at least 6 months from the intended date of arrival in Canada, from an eTA Canada eligible country
- A valid debit or credit card to pay the Canada eTA application fee
- A current email address at which to receive the eTA Canada application approval.
How Can I Apply for the Canadian ETA
Eligible citizens can apply for the Canada visa waiver through the simple and straightforward eTA Canada application form online. Applicants are required to complete the form with some basic personal information such as name, nationality, and occupation, and passport details such the travel document number and issue/expiry date.
It is also necessary to answer a few questions related to health and security matters, and pay the eTA fee in order to submit the Canada visa waiver application.
Those applying for a eTA Canada for a child are also required to provide some basic personal information as a representative of the minor.
How Do I Obtain an ETA to Canada?
Getting a Canada visa waiver is easy. After submitting the Canada eTA application form and receiving eTA approval, the travel authorization is electronically linked to the applicant’s passport and a copy will be sent to the email address provided.
Applicants who have dual nationality and want an eTA, must take care to use the same passport to travel to Canada as that used for the eTA application process. When boarding an aircraft to Canada, airline staff will check that the passenger’s passport has a valid eTA Canada attached. If the wrong passport is presented, the traveler will not be permitted to board their flight.
Can I Get an ETA at the Airport in Canada?
No, eligible citizens are required to submit an eTA for Canada application and receive approval before boarding a flight and arriving in the country.
In addition to presenting a copy of the eTA and the corresponding passport at the airport immigration control, travelers are also required to supply proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay in order to gain entry to Canada.
The eTA is only available for those travelers arriving by air in Canada. Travelers entering Canada by sea or land are not required to complete a Canada eTA application form, although they are still required to present acceptable travel documents and identification.
Who Can Apply for ETA Canada?
Citizens of the following countries are able to submit a Canada eTA application:
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Czech Republic
- Falkland Islands
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn Island
- St. Helena
- San Marino
- Solomon Islands
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
Canada eTA Processing Time
In most cases, the Canada eTA is quickly processed and approved. ETA approval is usually granted within 20 minutes, although in some cases this may take up to 24 hours.
Applicants who need to urgently get an eTA for emergency travel are now able to select the ‘Urgent guaranteed processing in less than 1 hour’ option when paying the eTA fees. This option guarantees the eTA will be processed in less than 60 minutes.
Those who wish to travel to Canada for periods longer than 6 consecutive months, or for purposes such as to work, live or study, are required to submit a visa application form at a Canadian Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.
You can enter Canada as many times as you want for the duration of 5 years from the date your eTA is granted, or until the expiry date of your passport, whichever comes first.
As the Canadian eTA has a validity period of 5 years from the approval date, it can be applied for well in advance of traveling to Canada. The entire stay in Canada must fall within this 5-year period in order for the eTA to remain valid throughout the trip.
Although in most cases it is advisable to submit the application well ahead of time, thanks to fast processing times the eTA can be applied for very close to the departure date.
Travelers should make sure they allow at least the minimum recommended time for the application to be processed, approved and sent via email.
If you are for any reason unable to complete the Electronic Travel Authorization application form yourself, it is possible to seek assistance from a friend or family member.
When filling in the application form, the friend or family member is required to state that they are doing so on behalf of another person.
Information about the representative may be required, the exact details depend on the age of the eTA applicant.
The person submitting the application form will need to have the required personal details of the candidate to hand in order to complete the process.
All communication, including regarding the status of the application, will be made by email.
On submission of the form, a reference number will be issued which can be used to track the status of the application. This reference number should be kept safe as it may be required for future correspondence.
Notification of status updates will be sent via email, to the email address provided during the application process. The approved eTA will also be sent by email.
Similarly, in case of any issues with the application such as missing information, contact will be made via email.
As each application is different, it is not possible to give an exact processing time for the Electronic Travel Authorization. Although in most cases applications are approved within a matter of minutes, others may require longer.
In certain cases further supporting documents may be requested, these documents will need to be supplied within a certain time period in order to avoid delays.
Travelers are advised to apply at least 4 business days prior to departure to avoid disappointment. Contact will be made by email if there are any issues with the application which may result in longer processing times.
The eTA fees were set to cover the costs of maintaining the electronic system and other expenses.
The fee must be paid each time an eTA application is made. If a eTA is rejected due to errors being made during the application process, or for any other reason, the fee must be paid again to send a second application.
This is why it’s paramount that applicants double-check their form and documentation before submitting an eTA request and the information provided is as complete and truthful as possible.
To avoid paying the eTA fee multiple times, many travelers choose to apply for the eTA through a specialized agency. Such agencies ensure the application is submitted error-free and therefore reduce the likelihood of rejection.
Specialized agencies usually charge a service fee on top of the government application fee for reviewing and correcting the documents and providing customer service.