Canada and the U.S. Sign the Beyond the Border Action Plan
As recently reported by Yahoo Canada News, the federal government will start implementing pre-screening of travellers from countries that don’t require a visa to visit Canada. This is part of a border security deal with the US.
From next year, visitors from countries that don’t require a visa to visit Canada will be required to apply for an electronic travel authorization (ETA) before boarding a flight to Canada.
Although some of you may be groaning at the prospect of this extra Canadian immigration step, it’s actually a relatively simple process that will only cost you $7. This directive will mainly benefit the travellers because they now have a chance to know whether or not they are admissible before boarding a flight to Canada.
Beyond the Border Action Plan
Back in February 2011, the Beyond the Border Action Plan was signed by both Canada and the United States. In that plan were three significant changes which would affect visitors to Canada; this included the new ETA program.
Last month, the Canadian government made the legislative amendments to accommodate the new requirements. Soon after came the announcement that the ETA will become a mandatory Canadian immigration step for visitors to Canada from March 15, 2016.
We should also note here that citizens of the United States are exempt from the ETA program.
How It’ll Work
If you’re from one of the countries affected, and wish to visit Canada after March 15, 2016, you will have to fill out the online Citizenship and Immigration Canada form, providing details of your passport, as well as background information. The process will include an electronic risk assessment, and your information will be verified against various international enforcement databases.
Airlines will also have to provide your passenger information to Canadian immigration authorities before you are allowed to board a plane in your country of origin. If you have not completed your ETA at the time of check-in, you will not be permitted to board the flight.
Are You Interested in Visiting Canada?
The new requirements will definitely affect hundreds if not thousands of people. If you’re not sure how the new requirements will affect you, we at Visaplace can help you. We have literally helped thousands and thousands of people successfully immigrate to Canada, so they can visit, work, study or live, and we certainly can help you too!
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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