Canadian government permits leniency period for eTA

March 10, 2016
The Canadian Government has declared that from 15th March 2016 to autumn 2016, visa exempt overseas citizen tourist who does not have an eTA could board their flight but on the conditions that they had proper travel documents.  

Canadian government permits leniency period for eTA

From 15th March 2016, visa exempted overseas citizens are expected to get an eTA to visit to or transit through Canada. The eTA is an online registration system that the tourists access it online. The validity period of these eTAs are five years or till the expiry date of the passport whichever comes first.

The eTA need applies to the tourist who does not require visa to enter Canada and who are planning to arrive by air. Visa exempt nations include the UK, Australia, Japan, Korea, EU countries and more.

The eTA need do not apply to the US nationals and it is not needed if an individual is entering at the ground or sea port of entry.

After March 2016, nationals of Bulgaria, Brazil, Romania, Mexico who holds a present US non immigrant visa or who holds a Canadian visa in the previous ten years, would be permitted to enter Canada with an eTA as an alternative of a visa.

The process of eTA involves entering a tourist’s personal information and passport details into the online website and paying a fee of 7 Canadian dollars. Every tourist should obtain an eTA including kids.

In many cases, CIC would approve the eTA within minutes of applying. In circumstances where an urgent verdict is not provided, CIC would follow up with the applicants with requests to get more data.

Visa waiver citizens visiting Canada must enroll for an eTA before travelling, as the leniency period is temporary.

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