Canada eTA Requirement for Working Holidays, Internships, and More

September 24, 2015
Posted in Study & Work, Working Holiday


Updated April 26, 2016: Please note that the CIC has announced that the eTA will NOT be mandatory to enter Canada between March 15, 2016 to September 29, 2016. As long as you have a valid passport, you do not need an eTA to board your flight. Canadian Border Services Officers can let travellers into Canada without an eTA, as long as they meet other requirements to enter the country. To see the official notice please refer to the CIC website here. For details on the other requirements to enter Canada please refer to the page here

Update time! The Stepwest team was recently notified of a new requirement and we wanted to share this with you all. The following information applies to our international participants who may be interested in coming to Canada for any of our Work and Travel programs such as our Working Holiday and Internship programs. This is also applicable to current participants of our programs who are planning to leave Canada for a holiday and coming back during their programs after March 15th, 2016. This article has a FAQ and a list of visa-exempt countries for your convenience.

In short, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will soon have a new Canada eTA requirement for foreign visitors who will be coming to Canada. An “Electronic Travel Authorization”, also known as an eTA, will apply to everyone from visa-exempt countries. eTA requirements start on March 15, 2016. Anybody that travels to Canada from a visa-exempt country for any of our Working Holiday  and Internship programs AFTER that date MUST have an eTA or be refused entry.

According to the CIC, those “…from visa-exempt countries who get their study permit on or after 1 August 2015, will automatically be issued an eTA, along with their permit. However, study permit holders who received their permit on or before 31 July 2015, will need to get an eTA if they plan to leave Canada and return by air, starting 15 March 2016”.

People who are planning on coming to Canada on or after March 15th, 2016 need to apply for an eTA. Applications for eTAs can be made online right here. The application fee is $7 CAD and should be granted within 72 hours. Once issued, the eTA is electronically linked to the person’s passport and is valid for 5 years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.

The purpose is to allow for the pre-screening of visitors before they arrive in Canada. The eTA will contain basic information that is usually asked for upon arrival to Canada. The only difference now is that Canada will have that basic information beforehand, pre-screening visitors before they arrive to ensure that they are admissible. This is to prevent the possibility of being found inadmissible upon arrival and being denied access into the country.

And that’s the gist of it! If you are planning on coming to Canada and participating in any our programs such as our Internship Programs and Working Holiday Programs ON OR AFTER March 15th, 2016 then you must remember to apply for the eTA if you are from one of the visa-exempt countries. Want more information about any of our Working Holiday or Internship programs or have more questions about the eTAs? Engage with us on our various social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to spread the word to any friends and family who may be interested in an awesome and life changing Canadian work and travel experience!

For more information, please find the full ICEF article here and refer to this to double check if you need an eTA.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. I have an approved study permit and I am planning to travel to Canada soon. Do I still need to get the eTA?

If you got your study permit approved on or after August 1st 2015, then you do not have to apply for an eTA. Only people from visa exempt countries that got their permits on or before July 31, 2015 AND are planning on coming to Canada starting on March 15th, 2016 will need to apply for an eTA.

2. I am currently in Canada with a study permit. If I leave Canada for a holiday and am coming back, do I need to get the eTA?

If you got your study permit approved on or after August 1st 2015, then you do not have to apply for an eTA. Only people from visa exempt countries that got their permits on or before July 31, 2015 AND are planning on leaving and coming back to Canada starting on March 15th, 2016 will need to apply for an eTA.

3. I have an approved Working Holiday, International Co-op, or Young Professional visa and I am planning to travel to Canada soon. Do I need to get the eTA?

An eTA is required for those who got their POEs before August 1st 2015 and are travelling to Canada on or after March 15th 2016.

4. I am currently in Canada with a Working Holiday, International Co-op, or Young Professional visa. If I leave Canada for a holiday and am coming back, do I need to get the eTA?

Yes, if you are planning on leaving and coming back to Canada starting on March 15th, 2016 then you will need an eTA.

5. I am already in Canada with a valid study/work permit and I will be going on a road trip to USA. Do I need to apply for an eTA to re-enter in Canada?

No. According to Immigration News, study or work permit holders re-entering Canada following a visit to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon do not need the eTA. Note the eTA is only applicable to those entering Canada by flight. 

6. I am already in Canada with a valid study/work permit. I am planning to leave for holidays and I have not yet applied for an eTA.  Should I apply before I leave Canada?

Yes, we urge those that need an eTA to apply for one as soon as they can. Therefore, you should apply for one before you leave Canada.

7. I already have an eTA but I’m planning to leave Canada temporarily for a holiday. Will I need to re-apply for another eTA before coming back?

No. All eTAs are valid for 5 years, or until your passport expires (whichever comes first), so you will not need to re-apply.

8. My country requires a visa to enter Canada and I have approved my work or study permit. Should I also apply for an eTA?

No. The eTA requirement only affects visa-exempt countries.

9. How many days in advance should I apply in order to get my eTA?

The application process is simple and you should get your eTA confirmation within 72 hours. However, we urge those that need an eTA to apply for one as soon as they can. You will be needing it starting on March 15, 2016.

10. How do I get the eTA?

You can apply here.

 

IEC Countries That Need an eTA 

Note: U.S. citizens do not need an eTA or a visa. However, proper identification must be presented at the border.

Australia Estonia South Korea Slovakia
Austria France* Latvia Slovenia
Belgium Germany Lithuania Spain
Chile Greece Mexico* Sweden
Costa Rica* Hong Kong Netherlands Switzerland
Croatia Ireland New Zealand Taiwan*
Czech Republic Italy Norway Ukraine
Denmark Japan Poland UK

*France – If you a citizen of France who is a resident of either St. Pierre or Miquelon looking to directly come to Canada, then you do not need the eTA

*Mexico – If you are a US Permanent resident with a Green Card you will need an eTA (if not, you do not need an eTA but a visa instead)

*Costa Rica – If you are a US Permanent resident with a Green Card you will need an eTA (if not, you do not need an eTA but a visa instead)

*Taiwan – Note: Taiwanese citizens who hold a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that does not include their personal identification number DO NOT need an eTA (only a visa). Taiwanese citizens who hold a passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes their personal identification number NEED an eTA to come to Canada.

 

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