Electronic Travel Authorization In Canada

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Electronic Travel Authorization
A new policy for traveling into Canada has changed the way that many foreign nationals travel. Previous countries that did not require a passport of visa to fly into Canadian soil are no longer permitted to do so according to a new policy, which now requires these countries (except the United States of America) to apply for an electronic travel authorization or eTA. The electronic travel authorization system, which Canada has adopted just like the United States, will help to prevent, control and monitor the visa-exempt foreign nationals that enter the country by air for the purposes of visits and lay-overs to other countries. After the security threats launched against North American countries in the twentieth
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The application is rather simple and straightforward. Most beneficial, the application only cost approximately seven dollars with processing fees, unlike passports that cost upwards of $100 depending on the expiration period the applicant chooses. As of March 15th, 2016 all visa-exempt travelers were required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization prior to boarding their flight, which would arrive in Canada. Fortunately enough, this application is often approved within minutes of completion, and is valid for approximately fixe years. This system has been adopted to help improve the ability to gather information quickly, thusly increasing intelligence, and provided quicker screening and visa programs. Previously to this program, visa-exempt foreign nationals could travel too, and through Canadian airports, without passports or visas. The list of countries, mostly European and Caribbean, can be found on the Canadian government website under the entry requirements by country, found in the immigration section. Of course, like many policies governed under the Immigration Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), there are some exceptions to this policy. Such exceptions include, but are not limited to United States citizens, Her Majesty the Queen of Canada and the Royal Family, citizens of select areas in France, passengers that are landing in …show more content…
For instance, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations of Canada, in paragraph 40, states that a “permanent resident or a foreign national is inadmissible for misrepresentation.” According to Pace Law Firm Immigration, their legal office has been contacted for several issues that have arisen from this new policy. One issue that relates to paragraph 40 of the IRPR, was about the husband/father of the family being deemed inadmissible based on misrepresentation in his eTA application, because his parents had applied for permanent residency for him as a dependent when he was a small child. He was unaware and found inadmissible based on misrepresentation on his application. The biggest issue in this particular type of case is that there is no redirect or reconsideration to amend the application process. The individual deemed inadmissible due to misrepresentation must now appeal the decision with the Federal Court or the Immigration Refugee Appeal Board, in order to be reconsidered. A second issue that has arisen is the concern of what will happen in the event that a foreign national is visiting in Canada when the policy comes into effect. According to the Immigration and Refugee Protections Regulations (IRPR), section 240 talks about removal orders against foreign nationals, whether the Minster enforces it, or it is enforced by voluntary compliance .

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