Find below the most common queries about Canada travel authorizations & visas. Everything you need to know in regards to Canadian travel & other ‘full visas’.
If you wish to apply for an eTA / Visa you can apply using the button below:
Frequently Asked Questions
You can apply for an eTA if you are a citizen of a country that is eligible for eTA travel, you can find the full list of countries here.
There are other criteria that you must fulfill to be eligible for an eTA:
- You must hold a valid passport from a country that is part of the program.
- You must not be planning on working or studying during your time in Canada.
- You cannot stay for any longer than 6 months.
- You must not have a criminal record for serious crimes. (You may still be accepted)
- You must not have had recent contact with tuberculosis. (You may still be accepted)
- You must not be suffering from uncontrolled mental illness.
Completing the application for an eTA should be done so with care as any incorrect answers may lead to a ‘Travel Not Authorised’ decision meaning that you will not be allowed to travel without obtaining a full tourism visa.
All eTA applications are completed online, either through an application service or through the Canadian government website.
You can apply with us here.
Typically, you will receive a decision within a day of applying but it can take up to 72 hours to be approved. Occasionally it may take longer should you answer yes to any of the eligibility questions.
All approved eTA applications are valid for 5 years and allow you to stay in Canada for up to 6 months at a time.
An eTA is electronically linked to your passport and no documents are required, once authorised, you will be able to print a physical document if you wish.
Yes, you will need an eTA if you are travelling into Canada for any reason, even if you are in the country for less than 24 hours.
No. You don’t always need a visa if you are travelling to Canada via boat or land vehicle.
You will be required to bring other travel documents, find out more here: http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/travel-voyage/td-dv-eng.html
Yes, every individual requires an eTA regardless of their age, applications for minors must be completed by a family member or travel agent on their behalf.
Currently, there is no renewal process in place, you will simply need to re-apply.
No, you are not permitted to work with an eTA, you will need to apply for a work visa.
In this instance, you would need to start the process for a full visa and legal advice should be sought. You can book a consultation with an immigration attorney on our site if you want expert guidance for your application. You can apply for this here and select the appropriate visa from the drop-down menu.
Applying for a full visa is a longer and more complex process than just applying for an ESTA Visa Waiver.
All visa applications require a face-to-face appointment at your nearest U.S. embassy. There are usually multiple forms to fill in and submit and you will require multiple documents for proof of your financial history, travel history & work history.
You can start the application online from the official U.S. travel website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html
We always recommend the use of a qualified U.S. immigration attorney who will be able to offer reliable, up-to-date advice, support & guidance for the application process. This will reduce the chance of any mistakes or problems during your application. If you wish to book a consultation with an attorney, you can use our partners by applying on our site by clicking the link below and selecting the appropriate visa from the drop-down:
U.S. Visa Application
This depends on what your reason for travelling to Canada is, you can view information regarding the different types of visa on our site, click our logo on the top left of the page and you will be taken to our homepage.
Citizens of countries on this list should apply for an eTA for any short visits for to Canada. You can find FAQ’s for eTA applications above.
If you aren’t eligible for an eTA you should apply for a full visa suitable to your travel purposes, whether it be a standard visitor visa or a business/work visa.
You may be required to submit proof of your financial history, your work history and any immigration history. You must be able to prove that you will return back to your home country if you are applying for a non-immigrant visa.
More documents may be required depending on which visa you choose, you can find more information by booking a consultation or reading the information on our website.
We recommend you apply at least 3 months before you travel. It can sometimes take several weeks to get an appointment at your local U.S. embassy.
It is possible to pay extra fees for ‘premium processing’ where you may be able to get your visa processed within 1 week, but this is only available in certain cases.
The duration depends on which visa you choose, for some visas you are able to choose the duration you prefer. Usually, the shortest duration visa you can obtain is 6 months and the longest duration being 10 years.
The longer duration you choose, the higher the fee.
If you have an expired passport with a valid visa still on it, you can still travel with this visa providing you have a new valid passport of the same nationality the visa is on (e.g. both Indian passports).
When you travel you must take both passports with you, then at the border one of the customs officers will stamp your new passport with a VIOPP (Visa In Other PassPort) after they grant you entry.
The process is different depending on which visa you have been denied. Usually you can appeal the denial or re-apply at a later date, however this depends on the reason for denial.
No refunds are given for denied visas as the payment is for the application processing fee. You must pay again if you re-apply for a visa.
All visas & visa-waivers only grant eligibility to travel to the U.S. port of entry. Entry to the U.S. is dependent on the customs immigration officer authorizing or denying admission through the U.S. border.