The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is a travel document for people from countries that do not need a visa. It is a fast authorization to enter Canada and allows you to board a flight or other means of travelling.
With the eTA, you can enter Canada and visit family or friends, or just travel around.
In order to apply for the eTA, you must meet the eligibility criteria and requirements. The application is easy and fast, and you will only need these documents:
· A valid passport issued by one of the countries mentioned above.
· A valid e-mail address.
· A debit, prepaid card, or credit card issued by Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Union Pay, JCB Card or Interac.
If you have these documents, then you can start the application process by going to the official Government of Canada website
When you go to the website, you will then have to put the following information on the different fields:
· Details whether you are applying for yourself or someone else;
· If you are applying on behalf of someone else, you must put in your personal information;
· The travel document with which you are applying for the eTA and the details on it such as:
o Country that has issued it;
o The number of that document (passport number);
o Date when it was issued and date of expiry;
· Other personal information such as:
o Your first and last name;
o Date of birth;
o Marital status;
· Details of any previous visits in Canada or if you have ever had a visa;
· Employment information;
· Contact information (e-mail address);
· Residential address;
· Travel information such as:
o Dates of travel to Canada;
o Flight number (if you have already booked your travel);
· Background questions such as:
o Previously refused applications for a visa in Canada;
o Criminal history;
o Medical history;
· Consent and declaration (date and signature).
You must make sure that you put in the right passport number and information. If you put the wrong details about your travel document, then you will not be able to board your flight even if your eTA was approved. You will have to start the application procedure again, pay the fee, and wait for processing.
Once you submit the application with the information required, you will be taken to a site to make your payment of the eTA. Each eTA costs CAD$7, so you will have to pay this fee before you submit your application. If you refuse to pay the fee, the application will not be processed from the Canadian Consulate.
Once you submit the fee, you will receive an email confirmation that your application was received and is being processed.
The eTA is one of the fastest documents to obtain so the processing time is very short too. Most eTA applications are processed in a few minutes after you submit the application. You will just get an email stating that you were approved for the eTA.
However, there are cases when the processing of your eTA will take a few days, but it will not take more than 1 week. You will get the approval email and then you can make travel arrangements for Canada.
The eTA visa Canada is an individual travel document and it cannot be used by multiple people. It is automatically attached to the passport of the person and that is why each member of the family must have their own eTA.
So, your spouse or common-law partner must apply for their own eTA, while either one of the parents or guardians can apply for the eTA of the children. The application process is the same as well as the application fee.