No Visas Required for Emirati Citizens (UAE Citizens) Who Intend to Visit Canada

Starting from June 5, 2018 Emirati citizens (UAE Citizens) do not need visas for visiting Canada. This change affect visits to Canada for the following purposes:

  • Tourism
  • Transit to the United States or other countries
  • Visiting family and friends
  • Business visitors (under certain circumstances)
  • Workers who are exempt from a Work Permit (such as some professional speakers, performing artists, or professional athletes)

IMPORTANT NOTE: While Emirati citizens do not need visas, they still need to obtain eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization).

These changes have significant positive consequences for Emirati citizens. For example, you could apply for a Work Permit at a Canadian Port of Entry such as Toronto Pearson Airport. If you are an Emirati citizen who would like to visit Canada or work or study in our country contact Parsai Immigration Services.

If you are willing to be assessed for immigration to Canada, you may fill out our free assessment form or book a consultation session with me.

Al Parsai, MA, DTM, RCIC
Regulated Canadia Immigration Consultant
Ashton College Instructor – Immigration Consulting

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“This article provides information of a general nature only. It may no longer be current. It does not provide legal advice nor should it be relied upon. If you have specific legal questions you should consult a lawyer. If you are looking for official immigration advice contact us.”

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Al Parsai

Al Parsai is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (class L3 RCIC-IRB – Unrestricted Practice) in Toronto, Canada. He is an adjunct professor at Queen's University Law School and Ashton College. Al, who holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from York University, is a member of CICC and CAPIC organizations. Al, the CEO of Parsai Immigration Services, has represented thousands of applicants from more than 50 countries to the immigration authorities since January 2011.

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