Non-Canadians

Electronic Travel Authorization

New entry requirement now in effect: visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.

Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute. Get help if you have questions before, during or after you apply.

Fake websites

Travellers who apply for an eTA are advised to be cautious in all dealings with companies that claim to offer help in getting an eTA. These companies are NOT operating on behalf of the Government of Canada. Many have established websites that charge a fee to provide information and submit eTA applications.

This Government of Canada website is the official place to apply for an eTA.

Did you know…

Foreign nationals who are inadmissible to Canada because of past criminal activity can apply to CIC's Rehabilitation Program to obtain temporary or permanent admission to Canada.

Work permit, study permit and confirmation of permanent residence requests

Do you already possess a valid study permit or work permit and intend to travel to the United States for the purpose of returning to a Canadian port of entry to present a permit request? Please note the following information.

Canadian border information and services for non-residents visiting, settling in or doing business with Canada.

General Information

Events in Canada

Visitors to Canada

Non-Canadian business

Coming to Canada to study or work

For processing of work permit and study permit applications, or confirmation of permanent residence, temporary residents should visit Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to complete an application or to find an IRCC office closest to their current residence to book an appointment for processing. For additional details, to access IRCC online services or to make an appointment, visit IRCC or call 1-888-242-2100.

Refugee claimants

Securing the Border

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Other government sources

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