Visa-Exempt overseas nationals to undergo Pre-Screening process

April 24, 2015
Visa-Exempt overseas applicants to Undergo Pre-Screening process

Effectual from March 2016, all oversea nationals who aspire to enter Canada and enjoy visa-waiving status are recommended to be subjected to pre-screening process under eTA (electronic travel authorization). All the prospective applicants are suggested to apply for this prior to their boarding of flight. This new plan is a part of 2011 agreement made between Ottawa and Washington. Travelers from the nations such as Australia, Chile, France, Japan and United Kingdom who can enter Canada without holding a visa has to pay minimum of CAD$7.00 to attain an eTA. This new scheme is valid for five years and citizens of United States are waived from this scheme.

eTA system of Canada is quite similar to that of the ESTA(Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) of the United States. As per the Canada Gazette, electronic travel authorization comprises of name of an applicant, gender, place of birth and date, travel document information, nationality and passport. On the other hand applicants such as mental or physical disability, who cannot make the request through electronic system, can make use of the paper application form to fulfill their long term goals. 

Montreal-based immigration lawyer, David Cohen noted in a statement that immigrating to Canada under this new scheme is a hassle-free process, as all travelers will now be able to make out whether they are permissible into the port of entry of Canada before really entering into the nation.

He further added that with the launch of this new pre-screening process, the Canadian government anticipates around 60,000 unwanted arrivals from entering the nation. Few of the main reasons for the rejection of entry include International human rights violations, Issues endangering public health, such as tuberculosis and many others.

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