Detailed instructions on what you need to know about applying for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) 

So, you’ve got your travel plans all set and you’re ready to explore the beautiful land of Canada. But before you hop on that plane, there’s one important thing you need to take care of: applying for your Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds!

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for your ETA: 

  1. Start by visiting the official website of the Government of Canada or the Canadian embassy in your country. Look for the section dedicated to visa and travel information. 
  1. Locate the application form specifically designed for ETA. It should be easily accessible on their website. Click on it and get ready to fill out some details. 
  1. The application form will require certain information from you, such as your passport details, travel plans, and contact information. Make sure you have all these details handy before starting the application process. 
  1. Fill out the form accurately and double-check all the information you provide. Any errors or discrepancies could lead to delays in processing or even rejection of your ETA application. 
  1. Once you’ve completed filling out the form, review it one final time to ensure everything is correct. Then submit it electronically through the online portal provided on their website. 
  1. After submitting your application, you will be required to pay a processing fee associated with obtaining an ETA approval. The fee can vary depending on factors such as nationality and length of stay in Canada. 
  1. Make sure to keep a copy of your payment receipt as proof of payment in case any issues arise later during the process. 

Required information, such as passport details, travel plans, etc. 

When applying for an ETA, there are several crucial pieces of information that you’ll need to provide: 

Processing timeframes and fees associated with ETA applications 

The processing time for an ETA application can vary depending on various factors such as the volume of applications received and individual circumstances. In most cases, however, it takes only a few minutes for an ETA approval to be granted. However, it’s always recommended to apply well in advance of your travel plans to allow ample time for any unforeseen delays. 

As for the fees associated with obtaining an ETA approval, they are generally reasonable. The exact amount can vary depending on factors such as nationality and length of stay in Canada. Make sure to check the official website or contact the Canadian embassy in your country for accurate fee information. 

Common mistakes or issues that may arise during the ETA application process 

While applying for an ETA is usually a straightforward process, there are a few common mistakes or issues that applicants may encounter: 

  1. Incomplete or Incorrect Information: Ensure that all the information provided in your application form is accurate and complete. Any errors or missing details could lead to delays or rejection of your application. 
  1. Expired Passport: Make sure that your passport is valid throughout your intended stay in Canada. An expired passport will result in a rejected ETA application. 
  1. Failure to Pay Fees: Don’t forget to pay the required processing fee associated with your ETA application. Failure to do so will result in a delay or rejection of your application. 
  1. Criminal Record: Any arrest, charge, conviction or criminal conviction will require applicants to answer ‘yes’ to the question and provide additional information to IRCC for consideration.