CANADA - Electronic Travel Authorization grace period to run until Sept. 29, 2016
  • Maple LeafCanadian authorities have announced that visa-waived nationals (excluding U.S. citizens) will be allowed to travel without an electronic travel authorization until Sept. 29, 2016.

    The initial eTA cutoff date was March 15. Canadian authorities announced in March that travelers would be able to board flights without an eTA "until fall 2016," but did not provide a precise date for when the grace period would end.

    Implementation time frame: Ongoing.

    Visas/permits affected: Electronic Travel Authorization.

    Who is affected: Visa-waived nationals traveling to Canada (excluding U.S. citizens).

    Business impact: The grace period allows business travelers with urgent travel needs to travel to Canada without an eTA. In the long term, travelers will benefit from the eTA program because eTAs are valid for five years and reduce repeat screening procedures.

    Background: The eTA program was modeled on the U.S.'s Electronic System for Travel Authorization and requires travelers to be prescreened before entering Canada. The program was expected to become mandatory March 15, but authorities announced in early March that they would continue allowing visa-waived nationals to travel without an eTA until the fall. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has since clarified on its website that the grace period will last until Sept. 29, 2016.

    Analysis: Visa-waived nationals (excluding U.S. citizens) traveling to Canada by air are advised to obtain an eTA as soon as possible in order to avoid future delays. Those with urgent travel needs, however, will be able to travel to Canada without an eTA until Sept. 29, 2016.

    This post has been provided by Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) Corporate Immigration. For more information please contact:  Liz Brailsford at Relocation Today J. Fisher at BAL

    About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from seven offices across the U.S. and from offices in Geneva, London, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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CANADA - Electronic Travel Authorization grace period to run until Sept. 29, 2016
  • Maple LeafCanadian authorities have announced that visa-waived nationals (excluding U.S. citizens) will be allowed to travel without an electronic travel authorization until Sept. 29, 2016.

    The initial eTA cutoff date was March 15. Canadian authorities announced in March that travelers would be able to board flights without an eTA "until fall 2016," but did not provide a precise date for when the grace period would end.

    Implementation time frame: Ongoing.

    Visas/permits affected: Electronic Travel Authorization.

    Who is affected: Visa-waived nationals traveling to Canada (excluding U.S. citizens).

    Business impact: The grace period allows business travelers with urgent travel needs to travel to Canada without an eTA. In the long term, travelers will benefit from the eTA program because eTAs are valid for five years and reduce repeat screening procedures.

    Background: The eTA program was modeled on the U.S.'s Electronic System for Travel Authorization and requires travelers to be prescreened before entering Canada. The program was expected to become mandatory March 15, but authorities announced in early March that they would continue allowing visa-waived nationals to travel without an eTA until the fall. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has since clarified on its website that the grace period will last until Sept. 29, 2016.

    Analysis: Visa-waived nationals (excluding U.S. citizens) traveling to Canada by air are advised to obtain an eTA as soon as possible in order to avoid future delays. Those with urgent travel needs, however, will be able to travel to Canada without an eTA until Sept. 29, 2016.

    This post has been provided by Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) Corporate Immigration. For more information please contact:  Liz Brailsford at Relocation Today J. Fisher at BAL

    About Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
    Founded in 1980, Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) provides comprehensive global immigration services from seven offices across the U.S. and from offices in Geneva, London, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney. BAL manages global visa matters and customized application approaches for work permits, business visas, and residence permits in more than 100 countries. With a single cost center for worldwide operations, BAL offers centralized management with regional and local support for the complete spectrum of global immigration matters.

    Source: Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

    Copyright © 2016 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact copyright@balglobal.com