Electronic Travel Authorization Canada
Do You Need An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)?
While an eTA doesn’t necessarily guarantee your entry to Canada, it is a requirement for foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries arriving by flight. Therefore, if you answer “yes” to both questions below, you need to apply for an eTA:
- Are you from a visa-exempt country?
- Are you traveling to Canada or through Canada by air?
An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement and is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. So, if you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA.
How Entering Canada Works With An eTA
At the airport, an immigration officer will ask to see your passport and other documents and you must convince the officer that you are eligible for entry into Canada. If you are a foreign national arriving by bus, train, car or boat, you will not need an eTA.
Visa-Exempt Foreign Nationals Will Need To Apply Online
Not sure if you’re from a visa-exempt country? Before you board your flight to Canada, you will need to have your eTA. Here is a list of some visa-exempt countries:
You can find the complete list on the Government of Canada website.
If you are from a visa-required country listed below, you’ll need it regardless of how to travel to Canada (car, plane, train, bus, ship):
As well as assisting travelers with understanding the eTA process, we also offer a wide range of immigration services including assistance with your Express Entry profile, applying for permanent residency, studying in Canada, working in Canada, and more. Our main goal as immigration consultants is to ease our clients’ minds by helping them organize, understand and submit their paperwork or online applications in an efficient and friendly manner.
Frequently Asked Questions
The program is for workers who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to one specific province’s economy. Candidates should want to live in that province, as well as become Canadian permanent residents. Individual provinces will have their own streams and requirements, giving preference to students, business people, skilled workers or semi-skilled workers.
No, the intention of express entry is to grant skilled immigrants with permanent residency in Canada. You will enjoy many of the same benefits as citizens, such as health care and the ability to work and live in any province of the country, but you don’t have the right to vote or run for office. Citizenship can be obtained after residents have been in Canada for a period of five years.
With Express Entry, Canada seeks to invite qualified, skilled immigrants who want to become permanent residents. This is a way to fill employment sectors where no Canadian workers are available. However, this doesn’t apply to every person and is just one way to obtain permanent residency. Many individuals who come here as students or temporary workers are able to stay after going through a formal application process.
No, you do not require a visa to apply for this program. The government will choose an eligible worker based on job offers, language abilities and educational background.
Once you receive permanent status in Canada, you are able to work and live anywhere in Canada – this includes Ontario and Quebec. Certain programs do however provide limitations on working in Quebec, but please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.