Canada resumes visitor visa and eTA processing July 1

Shelby Thevenot
Updated: Aug, 21, 2023
  • Published: June 30, 2020

Canada is once again processing online applications for visitor visas and electronic travel authorizations as of July 1.

Though travel restrictions still apply, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is resuming processing in an effort to be proactive on future processing times, according to a media release.

IRCC also notes that due to current travel restrictions, most people will not be able to travel to Canada at this time. Travel exemptions are for family members who are staying for more than 15 days or who are coming to Canada for an essential reason, skilled workers, and others. Travellers must also demonstrate to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) that they are travelling for an essential reason in order to be granted entry to Canada.

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IRCC is also processing online applications for study permits, work permits, and permanent residence. No paper applications for these immigration documents will be accepted for now.

Canada has put measures in place to ensure applicants have the time they need to complete all steps of the application process, including giving their biometrics. There are some visa application centres (VACs) reopening around the world.

It is still mandatory to quarantine for 14 days for all people who enter Canada from abroad. It is also required that travellers provide border agents with an adequate quarantine plan.

Earlier today, Canada announced it was extending its travel restrictions until at least July 31.

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