Canada eTA Requirement for Working Holidays, Internships, and More

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


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 article has a FAQ and a list of visa-exempt countries for your convenience.

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

According to the CIC, those “…from visa-exempt countries who get their study permit on or after August 1, 2015, will automatically be issued an eTA, along with their permit”.

People who are planning on coming to Canada 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 to 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 by 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 to the country.

And that’s the gist of it! If you are planning on coming to Canada and participating in any of our programs such as our Internship Programs and Working Holiday Programs then you must remember to be sure that you have a valid 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? 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!

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) FAQ

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 after August 1st, 2015, and you are from a visa-exempt country, then you do not have to apply for an eTA. You can review your Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) status here before boarding your flight to Canada to make sure your eTA is valid.

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 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 will need to apply for an eTA.

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?

Your eTA or visa will be issued to you at the same time as your work permit. You do not need to apply separately for this, and you do not need to pay an additional fee. You can verify this within your POE Letter (Port of Entry Letter).

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 then you will need to have a valid eTA to be allowed to enter Canada.

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

No, if you are a study or work permit holder re-entering Canada after a trip to the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon then you will not need an eTA. Note the eTA is only applicable to those entering Canada by flight. 

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

Yes, if you do not already have a valid eTA then we advise that it best to apply for one as soon as you can, and before leaving Canada.

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 a duration of 5 years, or until your passport expires (whichever comes first), so you will not need to re-apply.

I got a Working Holiday permit approved but renewed my passport before traveling to Canada, do I need a new eTA?

If you’re from a country that requires  Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or in other words a visa-required country, then you will need to get a new eTA or visa to be able to travel to Canada and be allowed to board your flight. Learn more about this by clicking here.

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. If you come from one of the visa required countries, your visa on your passport is the one that would allow you to enter Canada. You do not need an eTA.

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 that those that need an eTA to apply for one as soon as they can.

How do I get the eTA?

You can apply here and complete all the steps online, by paying 7 CAD and you will receive an email confirmation.

 

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, which does including 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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