Canada Visitors Given a Lenient Extension on Electronica Travel Authorization (eTA)

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The tolerance period paving the way to full execution of Canada’s new pre-screening system for visa-exempt visitors has been stretched out until November 9, 2016. The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) system was supposed to be compulsory for visitors to Canada from specific countries on September 29, however this has now been deferred in order to give voyagers and airlines the opportunity to get ready for changes when flying to or transiting through Canada.

“In consultation with airline partners, we’re taking further steps to minimize any travel disruptions,” said John McCallum, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “We are extending the leniency period and doing another major information blitz in Canada and abroad to encourage affected travelers, including dual Canadian citizens, to plan ahead and get the necessary travel documents before they book a flight to Canada.”

The eTA is a pre-screening process for voyagers entering Canada via air. The eTA is expected to make air travel to Canada more secure and more effective for remote nationals who don’t require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada. The screening procedure permits Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to evaluate visa-exempt visitors who might be forbidden to enter Canada for certain reasons, including having a criminal record, or presenting a potential health threat.

Nationals of visa-exempt countries

The present pre-clearance process, whereby visa-exempt guests to Canada may board an airplane without an eTA and be screened after arriving in Canada will now stay until November 9, 2016, when the mercy period is scheduled to end. November 10, visa-exempt visitors to Canada must have completed the online eTA form and be approved before boarding a Canada-bound airplane.

To acquire an eTA, individuals need to finish an online form, in which they give some personal information and answer a couple of fundamental questions relating to criminality or medical issues, and in addition, questions about their movement history. Most applications are processed in minutes. Other applications may take more time to process, in which case, people may hope to get an email from IRCC inside 72 hours outlining the next steps.

If not, you’re generally exempt from the prerequisite in view of nationality or immigration status, visitors to Canada require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) before setting out to Canada.

U.S. legal permanent residents who are nationals of another nation require an eTA to visit Canada via air. These explorers must present a substantial U.S. PR card (Green Card) and a legitimate international ID when they check in for their flight to Canada.

As from November 10, 2016, Canadian citizens, including dual nationals, will require a valid Canadian passport to board their flight to Canada or else they will encounter delays. Canadian residents, including dual citizens, are not permitted to apply for an eTA. Remember, U.S. citizens do not require an eTA or TRV in order to visit Canada.

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