Know When You Need an eTA and When You Don’t
What is an eTA?
This is an electronic travel authorization that allows anyone who meets certain criteria to travel to or transit through Canada by air. This authorization does not apply to people traveling by other means other than air travel.
It is a simple authorization that is linked to your passport and is valid for up to five years or the expiration of the passport with which you applied if its date of expiration is less than 5 years.
When Do I Need an eTA?
You need an eTA if you are a foreign national from a visa-exempt country and you intend to fly to or transit through Canada on your air trip. You will also need an eTA if you are a legal resident of the U.S. You will however need to present your valid Green Card and passport at the point of entry.
Some citizens of Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania can also apply for an eTA. These are citizens who have either got a Canadian visitor visa anytime in the last 10 years or own a non-immigrant visa for the United States. They must however have the country’s valid passports (Brazil, Bulgaria or Romania) and they must come either on a short visit of about 6 months or transiting through Canada. Read more here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2017/04/canada_s_new_entryrulesforbrazilianbulgarianandromaniancitizens.html.
When Won’t I Need an eTA?
You will not need an eTA if any of the following applies to you:
- You are a Canadian citizen. All you need is a valid Canadian passport.
- Dual Canadian citizens. If for example, you hold American and Canadian citizenships, you can travel with any of the two passports.
- If you are a French Citizen and you live in either Saint Pierre or Miquelon and will fly to Canada directly from any of these two locations.
How Do I Apply for an ETA?
Applying for your eTA is quite simple. However, your chances of having your application approved will increase astronomically if you go through an authorization agency. These agencies understand what the government is looking for and can help you ensure your application is well prepared.
The process begins with knowing if you are qualified to even apply. The right agency will know if your country is eligible to apply. However, in the absence of a visa for Canada, then you will definitely need an AVE Canada France. Wth the help of an agency, you will know whether to go ahead with the application. This, eventually, saves your time and money.
Other Important Information
There is a few important information you need to be aware of while applying for an eTA.
- That you have an eTA does not automatically mean they will admit you into Canada. The eTA means they have permitted you to fly to Canada. When you get to the point of entry, the border services officials will be the ones to determine if they would allow you entry or not. They will base their decision on your ability to show them you have no intention of hiding away in Canada but will return to your country. You can usually prove this by showing proof of a meaningful employment or ownership of a functional business back in your country. You should also be able to show a financial capacity to take care of your needs for the period you intend to stay in the country.
- While inputting your passport number, be sure that the number is correct. If for any reason you make a mistake and enter the numbers wrongly, then even if the eTA is approved, you will not be able to use it as they would tie it to the wrong passport number. This simply means you will need to apply for a new eTA. Thankfully, it is not an expensive application.
- A valid eTA allows you to travel to Canada for short visits as often as you wish within its validity period. These visits can usually last for about 6 months each time.
- Your screening does not begin when you get to the Canadian border. Rather, it begins when you apply for your eTA. This is where they perform basic screening. They do the final screening at the point of entry.
- If you’ve ever been a resident of Canada, you may not require this authorization. Permanent resident status does not expire. You may still have your Permanent resident status unless they revoked it for any reason.
You can get more information on the eTA in this video here.