Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTAs) Are Back


In August 2015, Canada introduced ‘Electronic Travel Authorizations’, more commonly known as eTAs. Subject to some exceptions (notably U.S. citizens), an eTA is an approval required by non-visa nationals before traveling to Canada. A full explanation of the requirements for, and the exceptions to, eTAs, is found in our previous ImmPulse™ release at http://www.kranclaw.com/2016/01/electronic-travel-authorizations-beware-the-ides-of-march/

Though the program was introduced last August, the date on which the requirement was to become mandatory was set to be March 15, 2016. Just prior to that date, however, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (“IRCC”) announced that the mandatory implementation date would be postponed to a future date, as yet undetermined.

IRCC has now announced the new mandatory eTA implementation date: September 29, 2016.

As such, non-visa travellers should again be aware of this requirement, and ensure that they take proper action before travelling to Canada.

The information in this article is for general purposes only, and not intended as legal advice for any particular situation.

This post originally appeared on Kranc Associates. Copyright © 2016 Kranc Associates. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

About The Author

Benjamin A. Kranc Benjamin A. Kranc is senior principal of Kranc Associates, a leading Canadian corporate immigration law firm. He has many years of experience assisting clients in connection with Canadian immigration and business issues. Ben is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Immigration Law. He is also on the ‘Who’s Who Legal’ list of foremost practitioners in Canadian corporate immigration, as well as rated as AV Preeminent® in a Martindale-Hubbell peer review. Ben has spoken at numerous conferences, seminars, and information sessions – both for professional organizations and private groups – about issues in Canadian immigration law, and has also taught immigration law at Seneca College in Toronto. In addition, Ben has written extensively. He is the author of a leading text on Canadian immigration law entitled “North American Relocation Law” (Thomson Reuters) and contributing immigration author to the “The Human Resources Advisor” (First Reference Books). Ben can be contacted at (416) 977-7500 ext. 226, or bkranc@kranclaw.com.

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