eTA - Electronic Travel Authorization

Canada eTA During the Leniency Period

eTA - Electronic Travel AuthorizationPeople who travel to or transit through Canada by air must obtain an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before boarding their airplane. Some groups are exempt from an eTA, such as;

  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents,
  • US citizens,
  • French citizens who live in St. Pierre and Miquelon and travel to Canada directly from there, or
  • those people who need a visitor’s visa (TRV) to travel to Canada.

During the leniency period, or rather between March 15, 2016, to September 29, 2016, eTA-required travellers may board their flight without an eTA. The Border Services Officer (BSO) will issue those people an eTA at the time of entry if they meet all the conditions for entering Canada.

IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) processes the majority of eTA requests within a few minutes after application. However, there are some situations where it takes considerably more time. Hence It is a good idea to apply for your eTA at the earliest possible to avoid any delays in your itinerary.

Another important point is that your eTA is normally valid up to your passport validity or up to five years after the issue date, whichever comes first.

If you find submitting your personal information to a foreign government concerning, then you may consider hiring an authorized representative such as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC).

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