eTA or Visitor Visa Eligibility

Find out if you need a Visitor Visa or eTA

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Who is eligible for a Canada eTA?

Are you eligible for a Canadian eTA? A Canadian eTA, or Electronic Travel Authorization, is a common way for eligible travelers to visit Canada. However, not everyone is eligible for an eTA. Read on to learn more about who is eligible for Canadian eTAs, as well as alternative travel documentation.

eTA Eligibility requirements

Canadian eTAs are available only to some travelers. Depending on your citizenship, you may not be eligible for an eTA, or you might not need one at all.

If you are a U.S. citizen, you don’t need an eTA. You don’t need a visa, either. You only need a passport, and you can enter Canada, provided border security allows you in.

If you are a citizen of a country that is visa-exempt in Canada, then you are eligible for an eTA and you will need one in order to get into the country.

Reasons you may not be able to apply eTA

If you are from a country that is not on the visa-exempt list, then you cannot apply for an eTA. This is also true for refugees who are citizens of countries on the visa-required list. Stateless persons also cannot travel to Canada on an eTA. If you are stateless, you will need to get a visa.

If you are a permanent resident of Canada, you do not need an eTA. You will need a permanent resident travel document to travel into Canada. Dual citizens must use their Canadian passport to travel to Canada, and obviously don’t need a visa or an eTA

Visitor Visa

Who is eligible for a Canada Visitor Visa?

The main purpose of a Canadian Visitor Visa is for short and temporary stays in Canada. Some countries have an existing agreement with Canada and are therefore exempt from this requirement. Read on to learn more about who is eligible for Canadian visitor visas, as well as alternative travel documentation.

Visitor Visa Eligibility requirements

When you apply for a temporary visa to Canada, like a tourist visa, it is temporary by nature. You must satisfy the immigration authorities that you will LEAVE Canada when your permit expires.

When you apply for Canadian Permanent Residence, it is the opposite of a temporary visa. It is permanent by nature and you must satisfy the immigration authorities that you will STAY in Canada.

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