Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Many Visa-Exempt Travelers to Canada Still Surprised by New Electronic Travel Authorization Requirement

Some visitors who are coming to Canada are still facing problems with the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This is an electronic document which is required from the majority of the visa-exempt visitors coming to Canada.

During the holiday period, many people faced delays in their travel plans or were not able to board the flight because they did not knew about the requirement of eTA. This electronic authorization was first introduced in August 2015, and it became compulsory for most of the visitors who can travel to Canada without a visa.

It looks like all the potential travelers were not fully informed about the new requirement in regulation. As per the new requirement, a visa exempt traveler is required to complete an online form and pay a fee of CAD $7.

The eTA is connected with the passport of the traveler and remains valid for a period of five years or till the time passport is valid. Travelers who are coming from United States of America or those people who require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) are not required to apply for eTA before they enter Canada.

In the majority of the cases, it takes only a few minutes to issue eTA. However, there have been incidences where it took significantly more than this. A British comedian went to his social media account to speak about the delay this new requirement had caused him and ultimately, he was not able to attend his stand-up show in Toronto.

Holidays were spoiled
It’s been almost a year and a half since the eTA was introduced and many travelers still do not have any information about the new regulation. A resident of Nova Scotia wanted to celebrate the Christmas and New Year with his father, who lives in England, but he was not aware of the new regulation.

When you travel to a new country, whether as a visitor or to reside their permanently, you cannot take anything for granted. You need to be prepared on all matters pertaining to your visit.

In case you are searching for a good immigration consultant who can help you in the process of applying for Canada visa, than WWICS is the right choice for you. Put your questions related to Canada visa process to the WWICS complaints cell.

WWICS has always worked for the benefit of its clients, who provide their feedbacks. You can see these feedbacks in the WWICS reviews section and learn about the working culture of WWICS.

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