Welcome to Canada

Travel to Canada and explore the unspoilt wilderness of its forests, lakes and mountains. With big cities and a unique North American culture to boot. Imagine the ultimate adventure in the second largest country on Earth, from spending the summer by Canada's iconic lakes, to soaking up the culture in Québec or checking out the urban cafe scene in Vancouver.

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The first people to come to Canada arrived between 15,000 and 30,000 years ago across a land bridge that joined Asia and North America. Around A.D. 1000, the Viking explorer Leif Eriksson reached Newfoundland, Canada. He tried to establish a settlement, but it didn’t last.

In the 16th century, French and British settlers arrived. Land disputes between farmers and fur traders led to four wars between 1689 and 1763. The final war, called the French and Indian War, left the British in control of Canada, but French influence remains strong even today.

In 1867, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick combined to form a dominion with its own government, parliament, and prime minister. Manitoba joined soon after. In 1931, Canada became an independent nation.

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E-Visitor

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A visitor means a person who is lawfully in Canada or seeks to come into Canada for a temporary purpose (such as work, study or visit) and who is not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or the holder of a minister’s permit.

Every visitor, unless exempted, must apply for and obtain a eVisitor before appearing at a Port of Entry (POE). All visitors who are required to obtain travel documents must be in possession of the travel authorization when they appear at a POE.

As of November 10, 2016, all air travelers from travel documents exempt countries require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before they board a flight. This includes those who are transiting through Canada. It only includes travelers arriving by air. For more information, click here.

The Canadian eVisitor application involves a two-step process:

First Step: The foreign national must first submit a visit travel authorization application to the responsible Canadian travel authorization office in the country or region where they reside. At this time, the applicant may need to attend an interview where the travel authorization officer will verify the applicant’s reasons for visiting Canada, the applicant’s ability or willingness to leave Canada within the eVisitor validity date and the applicant’s overall admissibility to Canada.

Second Step: Once a eVisitor has been issued, the applicant may land in Canada. At the port of entry an immigration officer will question the applicant to ensure admissibility.

The eVisitor may be for single entry or multiple entry uses. Single eVisitor may be issued up to six months before the expected date of travel. The maximum validity date for multiple entry eVisitor is up to ten (10) years or one month prior to the expiry date on the passport/re-entry travel documents, whichever is earlier. POE officers will routinely grant entry for a period of six months to a person requesting entry as a visitor.

A foreign national who has an immigrant eVisitor already in process is not prohibited from applying for a temporary resident eVisitor.

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