Applying for an eTA is a simple online process. Most applicants get their eTA approval (via an email) within minutes. However, some requests can take several days to process if you’re asked to submit supporting documents. It is best to get an eTA before you book your flight to Canada.
Applicants can access the eTA application form in two ways:
- Applicants who don’t know or are not aware if/that they need an eTA will begin the application process at the starting point of the Come to Canada wizard.
- Applicants who know they need an eTA can access the eTA application form at www.Canada.ca/eTA.
If the applicant is eTA‑exempt, or is otherwise not eligible to apply for an eTA, they will be notified and directed to the program(s) for which they are eligible.
Applicants will need to provide the following information on their application form:
- Passport details
- Personal details
- Responses to background questions (to assess for health, criminality and immigration-related concerns)
- Contact information
There is also a free-text field at the end of the application form which asks the applicant: Please briefly indicate if there are additional details pertinent to your application. This allows the applicant to express an urgent need to travel to Canada.
Note that there are no documents required with an eTA application. Any additional documents that are required must be manually requested from the client.
Once the applicant has successfully submitted their application, they will receive an automated email confirming receipt of the application by IRCC. This email will contain the application number (from GCMS), as well as a link to allow the applicant to check the status of their eTA application at any time.