Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorization for Foreigners Delayed

The full implementation of the eTA (electronic travel authorization) for foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries is being delayed by six months. This comes as a surprise, but it’s a good thing for us. You’ll find out why in a moment.

My wife is required to get the eTA for her to enter Canada by air because she’s from Japan, a visa-exempt country. It costs only $7 and takes only a few minutes to be authorized. There are several questions regarding job, criminal background, amount of money available for use while traveling, marital status, and so on. It’s electronically linked to the traveler’s passport. While my wife isn’t required to get it for now, it’s supposed to provide a faster way of getting through immigration. Basically, she’d be pre-approved.

However, the problem arises when the rules are applied to my daughter. She’s a Canadian citizen, so she can’t get eTA. It’s not needed. However, she has a Japanese passport, not a Canadian passport. They’d be wondering why she doesn’t have an eTA attached to her passport. There may be difficulties with her entering the country. But she can’t get an eTA, and getting a Canadian passport in Japan is a rather complex process involving four people who have known her for at least two years. And those people may be required to have an interview with Customs and Immigration Canada, even though they most likely speak little to no English. It’s a complete pain. Sure, she’ll get a Canadian passport in Canada, where it’s a rather simple process.

So, I’m very happy to say that the eTA has been delayed for my daughter’s sake.

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