Entry Visa

Changes to Medical Examination Requirements

Posted in Entry Visa, Temporary Work Permits on Nov 28, 2017

Work permit applicants who have resided in designated countries are required to undergo immigration medical examinations (IME) when seeking admission for greater than six months or in cases in which the work is in direct contact with the Canadian public (e.g., teachers, nurses, etc.). The government of Canada has recently revised the list of designated countries.

Those residing in the following countries within the 12 months prior to a work permit application are no longer IME exempt:

- Fiji

- Singapore

- Timor-Leste (previously not listed as a separate country)

- Tunisia

The following countri...

Changes to Electronic Travel Authorization for Brazilians, Romanians, and Bulgarians.

Posted in Entry Visa on May 05, 2017

The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is needed for nationals of most Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) exempt countries prior to eligibility to fly to Canada. Those subject to the TRV requirement would need to apply to a visa office for an entry visa but would not normally be eligible for travel on the basis of an ETA.

The government of Canada has introduced provisions allowing nationals of Brazil, Bulgaria, and Romania to fly to Canada on the basis of an ETA alone (i.e., without first applying for a TRV at a visa office) under the following circumstances:

1. The individual has held a Canadia...

Global Skills Strategy Program

Posted in Business Visitor, Entry Visa, Featured, International Mobility Program, Permanent Resident, Temporary Work Permits on Mar 14, 2017

The Government of Canada has announced that it anticipates launching its Global Skills Strategy program to facilitate the admission of high-skill foreign workers on June 12 2017. The program, which targets quickly-growing Canadian companies in need of global talent to accelerate progress and investment, and for foreign companies making significant financial investment into Canada, relocating operations to Canada, or developing production facilities in Canada.

For companies that are eligible, the program will establish a dedicated processing channel to decrease work permit and/or visa processin...

Bulgaria and Romania Visa-Exempt After December 01 2016

Posted in Entry Visa, Temporary Work Permits on Nov 01, 2016

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that it intends to remove the passport-visa requirement for citizens of Bulgaria and Romania effective December 1st. This will mean that nationals of this country will be eligible to travel to Canada temporarily without first applying to a visa office. As with citizens of most other visa-exempt countries, these individuals will typically need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) first. However, ETAs are typically decided within minutes as opposed to weeks for visa applications.

The removal of the entry visa requi...

Mandatory Electronic Travel Authorization Requirement Postponed

Posted in Business Visitor, Entry Visa on Sep 21, 2016

Since the original announcement of the requirement of Electronic Travel Authorizations for passport visa exempt travellers flying into Canada, the approval has been optional. That requirement had been postponed on a few occasions and was set to be implemented on September 29 2016. However, the government has announced another delay in the mandatory requirement, now until November 09 2016.

Mexican Passport Visa Requirement Lifted

Posted in Entry Visa, International Mobility Program, Temporary Work Permits on Jun 30, 2016

Effective December 01 2016, citizens of Mexico will no longer require a passport visa in order to travel to a Canadian port of entry. After this date, an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) will be needed, as is the case for most passport-visa-exempt nationals. This means that Mexicans will not need to apply to a visa office in order to seek temporary resident status, and will also mean that they will become eligible to process many classes of work permit application at a Canadian port of entry.

Although the visa office in Mexico City has recently been one of the more efficient in terms of p...

Electronic Travel Authorization Requirement Delayed

Posted in Business Visitor, Entry Visa on Mar 07, 2016

In August of 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada - IRCC) implemented new rules requiring most passport-visa-exempt nationals to seek an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to travelling to Canada by air. These rules were implemented by the former Conservative Government, just prior to the 2015 election win of the current Liberal Government.

Following industry input, the new government has announced that they are postponing the mandatory ETA requirement for an additional six months. The rationale is that there is concern that there...