Immigration (non-Canadian citizens)

New entry requirement now in effect

Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.

The leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA ends soon.

Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute.

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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