If your application for an eTA is rejected, your first step is to try and address the issue that caused this to happen. It could, for example, happen if your passport will expire while you are in Canada. In that case, you should first apply for a new passport and then submit an application for an eTA again.
If you do not agree that there was a valid reason for your eTA application to be rejected, you can always approach the Federal Court of Canada and ask them to review the whole matter. You will have to get a lawyer who will apply on your behalf for the court to conduct a judicial review of the matter.
What should I bring with me to the airport if I am travelling to Canada with an eTA?
When the Canadian authorities approve your eTA, it will always be linked to the specific passport you used when applying. You should have that passport ready when you arrive at the airport to check in for the flight to Canada.
The airline staff will then scan your passport to make sure that your eTA is in fact valid. If you try to fly to Canada without a valid eTA, you will not be allowed to board the plane.
To prevent any possible issues at the airport, it’s a good idea to check that the passport number mentioned in the eTA approval email you received is the same as the one in your passport. If, for whatever reason, there has been a mistake and they do not match, you will have no other choice than to submit a new eTA application. When applying, make sure that you use the number that appears at the top of the passport’s info page, i.e. the one with your picture.
For how long will I be allowed to remain in Canada with an approved eTA?
If you are a citizen of a visa-exempt country, you can remain in Canada for up to 6 months on an eTA. The border services officer at the Canadian port of entry will make a decision about the period of time you are allowed to stay in Canada. He or she will also stamp or write the length of time on your passport.
There are, however, some exceptions to this rule. If you are, for example, coming to Canada to work, study, or visit family or friends who are permanent residents or Canadian citizens, you may be allowed to stay for longer than six months.
You can leave and re-enter Canada on an eTA as often as you want, as long as your eTA remains valid. The latter will be valid for a period of 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever happens first.
Here are some other things you have to keep in mind:
- You must have a valid passport to apply for an eTA.
- You should not have any criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.
- You can not have any outstanding removal orders or deportation orders.
For how long can I remain in Canada on a visitor visa?
The maximum length of stay for a visitor visa in Canada is six months. However, the border services officer at the Canadian port of entry may allow you to stay for a shorter or longer period, depending on your specific circumstances.
If you are travelling to Canada to visit family or friends, the border services officer may allow you to stay longer than 6 months. He or she will consider the following factors when making their decision:
- The reason for your visit
- Your ties to your home country. e.g. whether or not you have a job there
- Your financial resources, i.e. whether you have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable expenses during your stay
- Whether you have a criminal record or not
If you are coming to Canada to work, study, or start a business, you will have to apply for a work permit, study permit, or business visa. All of these have different maximum lengths of stay, depending on the type of permit/visa you have.
It is important to be aware that if you remain in Canada beyond the maximum length of stay on your visitor visa, you could expose yourself to a fine or even deportation.
Also, take into account the following:
- You can leave and re-enter Canada on a visitor visa as many times as you want, as long as your visa remains valid.
- Your visitor visa will remain valid for a period of 10 years or until your passport expires, whichever happens first.
- To apply for a visitor visa, you should have a valid passport.
- You should not have any criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.
- You are not allowed to have any outstanding removal orders or deportation orders.
I visited Canada on an eTA, got sick, and had to go to the hospital. During that period, my eTA expired. What should I do?
If your eTA expired while you were in Canada due to illness, your best option is to contact the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) as quickly as possible. You can do this by visiting a CBSA office in person or calling 1-888-222-2222.
When you contact the CBSA, you will have to provide them with the date your eTA expired, your passport information, as well as the reason why your eTA expired. The CBSA will then assess your situation and determine whether you will be allowed to stay in Canada or not.
In the majority of cases, if you were sick or in hospital and unable to travel during the period your eTA expired, the CBSA will allow you to stay in Canada. However, they may require you to provide proof of your illness, such as a doctor’s note.
Should the CBSA allow you to remain in Canada, you must apply for a new eTA. You can do this online at the Government of Canada website. The application process takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
To apply for a new eTA, you must have a valid passport. You will also have to pay the eTA application fee again. If approved, your new eTA will be valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
If the CBSA decides not allow you to remain in Canada, you will be required to leave the country. You may be able to apply for a new eTA in the future, but you will have to meet the relevant requirements.
I remained in Canada longer than I was permitted to. How can I restore my visitor status?
In certain instances, if your visitor status expired less than 90 days ago, you could apply to have it restored.
Use the document checklist on the official website for a list of the documents and forms you will need. When completing form IMM 5708 (Application to Change or Extend Your Stay in Canada as a Visitor), you should choose “Restore My Status as a Visitor” under section 3.
Under “Background Information,” look for section 2 and provide details about your situation and why you remained in Canada longer than permitted. There is also a restoration fee that you will have to pay.
Please note that your application could be rejected at the discretion of the Canadian authorities.
I lost my passport while I was travelling in Canada. Can I remain in that country while I wait for the emergency travel document from my country’s embassy?
You must contact the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and let them know what happened. They will assess your situation and determine whether you are allowed to remain in Canada while you wait for your emergency travel document to be processed.
You can contact the CBSA by calling 1-888-222-2222 or by visiting a CBSA office in person. When you contact them, you will have to provide them with your passport information, the date your passport got lost, and the circumstances under which it got lost, for example, if it was stolen and how this happened. You may also need to provide proof of your identity, such as a birth certificate or driver’s license.
If the CBSA allows you to remain in Canada, you will have to remain in a location where you can be easily contacted. You will also have to provide them with your contact information.
Your country’s embassy will typically only take a few days to process your application for an emergency travel document. Once that document has been processed, you will be able to use it to continue your journey or return to your home country.
I was travelling in Canada on an eTA and unexpectedly received a job offer from a Canadian firm. Can I remain in Canada while applying for a work permit?
If you are in Canada on an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) as a visitor and have received a job offer from a Canadian firm, you are not allowed to start working immediately. Generally speaking, you will require a valid work permit to work in Canada legally, and the eTA does not authorize you to work there.
If you want to work in Canada, you should apply for a work permit. There are different types of work permits, and the requirements and processing times can vary depending on your situation and the specific work permit category.
While your work permit application is being processed, you have to maintain valid status in Canada. If your eTA expires before you get the work permit approval, you may need to apply for an extension of your visitor status or leave Canada while waiting for the outcome.
Keep in mind that proceeding to work in Canada without a valid work permit can lead to serious consequences, including being removed from the country and potentially having significant difficulties with future immigration applications.