Visa For Canada
As a tourist, obtaining a visa for Canada is reasonably straight forward and simple. Firstly, check whether you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a Visitor Visa to enter Canada. Those from a visa-exempt country will need to purchase an eTA prior to travelling according to new border requirements. To travel to Canada, most visitors need a valid eTA, or valid Visitor Visa and identification such as a passport.
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
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.
From November 9, 2016 the leniency period that allows travellers to board their flight without an eTA ends. From this date passengers wishing to enter Canada by air will need to have their eTA approved prior to boarding a flight. We strongly suggest that you apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that takes only a few minutes. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute. To apply you must have a valid passport or accepted travel document, credit/debit card and email address. Confirm your elegibility and apply for an eTA.
If you are not a visa-exempt national, you may need to obtain a visitor visa for Canada instead. Before you book any travel tickets, check whether you need a visitor visa to enter Canada. You can apply for a visitor visa online or on paper. A visitor visa is also referred to as a temporary resident visa.
To apply online you must have access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents for uploading and have a valid credit/debit card for payment. Confirm your eligibility and apply for a visitor visa online.
To apply on paper you must download the application package and read the guidelines prior to completing the forms. It’s possible to mail your application to your nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC) or deliver it by hand yourself. Some applications may require you specifically to hand deliver it. Confirm your eligibility and apply for a visitor visa on paper.
There are a number of other visa options that may better suit your needs, including super visas, visas for business and visa extensions. It’s important to obtain the correct visa for Canada so spend some time checking this out before booking any travel tickets.