Immigration (non-Canadian citizens)


Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and foreign nationals with a valid visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, are not eligible to apply for an eTA and are strongly encouraged to travel with a valid Canadian passport. Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

If you are a non-Canadian citizen who wants to enter Canada, you should contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the government department responsible for non-Canadians who want to come to Canada as immigrants, visitors, refugees, students, or workers.

The citizens of many countries require a visa to enter Canada, while the citizens of others do not. Find out if you need a visa to enter Canada before you leave your home country.

Visas are issued by Canadian government offices abroad. Not all of these offices have visa officers, but those that do not will direct you to the nearest visa office.

The type of visa you require will determine how long it will take to obtain one. For more information, contact the appropriate visa office.

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