Visas and Immigration
Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa.
However, from March 15, 2016 until fall 2016, travellers who do not have an eTA can board their flight, as long as they have appropriate travel documents, such as a valid passport. During this time, border services officers can let travellers arriving without an eTA into the country, as long as they meet the other requirements to enter Canada. Find answers to your questions about the leniency period.
Note that Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA.
Find out how these changes may affect you. Information available in the following languages:
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Find out how to go to Canada and how to apply for a visa through the services listed below:
Apply to visit Canada for tourism or business or find out what you need to carry with you to transit Canada.
Apply to study in Canada as an international student.
Apply to work in Canada temporarily.
Determine your eligibility, apply to immigrate to Canada and learn about Express Entry for skilled workers.
Find out how to sponsor your spouse, partner, dependent child or other eligible relatives to come to Canada.
Check application status, check processing times, find a form, pay your fees and find out if you need a medical exam or police check.
You may be inadmissible to enter Canada for security reasons, health reasons or criminality. Learn more on how to overcome inadmissibility.
Services for permanent residents of Canada. Find out how to apply for a permanent resident travel document or how to give up your permanent resident status.
Learn about immigration fraud, how to protect yourself and how to report fraud.
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