This guest article was authored by Samanta Garcia Fialdini, Associate at Corporate Immigration Law Firm.
In 2015, Canada amended the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) to introduce the electronic travel authorization (eTA). The eTA is an electronic document that is required for most visa-exempt air travellers to Canada, as well as those transiting through Canada by air, with the exception of United States citizens and a few other individuals who are exempt from the eTA requirement. As of April 26, 2022, the regulations have been amended to also exempt United States Lawful Permanent Residents (USLPRs) who are citizens of countries that would otherwise require visas. The latter continue to be required to present proof of valid USLPR status and a valid travel document from their country of nationality before boarding flights, and at Canadian ports of entry.
The following applicants, however, are barred from applying for an eTA and are instead required to apply for an alternative entry document to visit Canada: