An eTA (Electronic Travel Visa) is a new travel requirement for all foreign citizens from visa exempt countries who wish to travel to or transit through Canada. US citizens and Canadian visa holders are not required to fulfill this requirement. Canadian citizens and dual citizens cannot apply for an eTA.
Read on below to find out more about the eTA Canada visa, and how you should apply for one where necessary.
Who Needs One?
Now that you have an idea of who needs to apply for an eTA Canada visa, let’s delve deeper into what this requirement is all about. As previously stated, the eTA is a requirement targeting foreign nationals who wish to fly to or transit through Canada. Once you have successfully completed the application process and received an approval email, it remains valid for a period of five years, or until the expiry of the passport you used in the application process.
During this period, the eTA allows the holder to visit Canada on numerous occasions and stay in the country for up to six months. The border officer at the entry point you use will specify how long you can stay in the country.
The first step to applying for an eTA Canada visa involves getting all the relevant documents together; these include your passport and credit card. Once you are ready, it is recommended that you read the help information on the details of the application process. Input the relevant information on the online form. It is worth noting that the form cannot be saved, as such, you should have everything ready and in hand.
Once you complete the form, make the necessary payment of 7 Canadian dollars and you will be all set. The normal wait period for a response is 72 hours. However, most applications are processed and approved in minutes.
In some cases however, you might be required to provide additional documentation for the application process. Detailed instructions on what you should do in such a case are provided in an email sent to your address.
If you wish to apply for more than one eTA Canada visa, for instance, if you will be travelling in a group, you will need to complete a separate application for each member of the group.
It is also worth noting that you should print out all receipts immediately as it’s not possible to print them later. Furthermore, they will not be sent to you in any form afterwards.