Canada Lifts Visa Requirement Against Mexico; Bulgaria, Romania, Brazil Soon to Follow

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On December 1, 2016, the Government of Canada lifted the requirement that Mexican nationals obtain a temporary resident visa (a “TRV”) prior to travelling to Canada.   As with all TRV exempt travellers, excluding Americans, Mexican nationals are still required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (an “ETA”) prior to boarding aircraft to travel to Canada.   … Read More

Electronic Travel Authorizations

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On August 1, 2015, the Government of Canada launched the Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) program.  The program is similar to the United States of America’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization. Implementation of the eTA program allows Canada to pre-screen eTA-required travellers to ensure that they are admissible to Canada. Since March 15, 2016, most foreign … Read More

eTA Regulations Amended

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On April 13, 2017 the Government of Canada introduced several regulatory amendments to the Electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) regime.  The changes to the eTA program came into effect on May 3, 2017.  Before reading about the changes, those who are unfamiliar with the eTA should read my previous posts on this topic titled ETA Regulations … Read More

Impacts of Budget 2013 on Immigration

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The Government of Canada has released its budget for 2013 (“Budget 2013″).  Budget 2013 contains several announcements of changes to immigration programs which the Government of Canada will introduce this year, including (my editorial comments in maroon): Providing $42-million in funding to support enhanced program capacity within the Temporary Resident program, and giving the Minister … Read More