If you are planning to travel to Canada in the near future, you may be affected by the new electronic Travel Authorization system (AVE), which is just being introduced. We will look at exactly what these new changes in immigration practices are, and what they mean for potentially Canadian travelers.
Understanding the Electronic Travel Authorization system New rewind to February 2011, when Canada, together with the United States, first accepted the ‘ beyond the border Action Plan ‘, which was actually put in place in order to achieve a more Great harmony and to strengthen cooperation between American and Canadian immigration practices.
Since then, the government of Canada has worked to implement the individual terms of the plan, and introduces three significant changes to immigration legislation during the year (2014/2015) that are set to affect almost all the intent To enter Canada.
Electronic Review Travel Authorization (AVE)
Currently, those seeking to enter Canada:
A) the need to apply for and obtain a temporary resident visa before entering the country, or
b) can enter Canadian ports without having to obtain a visa first. However, from April 2015
That won’t be the case, and the AVE system will start up. Instead, foreign nationals currently exempt from having to obtain a temporary resident visa will need to obtain an on-line authorization before flying to Canada. This will have a European citizen, Australian, Japanese and Korean impact, among others. American citizens will be exempt.
Getting an AVE for Canada
To get your AVE, you will have to visit citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), where you will have to complete an application form containing information about your passport, biographical and background; That can affect your country’s eligibility. Your information will be processed using an electronic system that will carry out a risk assessment and verify the information you have provided. The good news is, the majority of applications will be approved in a matter of minutes.
The new AVE procedure also affects airlines, who will have to provide passenger information to Canadian immigration authorities before embarking. This also means that anyone who has not applied and has been approved for an AVE will be banned from flying.
Canada will start information based biometric sharing on immigrants with the United States, due to implement in 2014. This shared information will improve assessments for things like visa applications, while ensuring the records are accurate and up to date. A biometric match means that certain information about an individual can be shared, such as their current immigration status, all previous decisions and grounds for refusal prior admissibility, as well as other general information.
CIC began accepting the AVE online applications on August 1, 2015 for visa-exempt nationals flying in Canada. The entry conditions will not change for inscriptions made by land and sea. The following foreign nationals will need an AVE before entering Canada:
- Foreign nationals exempted from visa (for a list of countries that are exempted from visa, please visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp.
- Foreign nationals who are legal permanent residents of the United States.
- Foreign nationals who are currently in Canada under a work or study permit must apply for the AVE.
- Foreign nationals who request work or study after 1 August 2015 automatically grant an AVE.
The following countries require an eTA to enter Canada
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
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