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CANADA - UAE Citizens Visa-Free Starting 5 June 2018

Effective 5 June 2018, nationals of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will no longer require a visa to enter Canada. UAE nationals will be granted entry with only a valid UAE passport and an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). The new visa waiver for UAE nationals will permit stays of up to six months for the purposes of business, tourism, or family visits.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Implemented in November 2016, Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) system is an online pre-screening and travel authorisation available for visa-exempt nationals of more than 50 countries arriving in Canada by air travel. Eligible travellers apply for the eTA online prior to travel at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website here. The eTA costs CAD $7 and is usually issued electronically within the same business day of application. Visa-free foreign nationals entering Canada by land and sea crossings do not require an eTA.

Action Items

  • Employers of UAE nationals are reminded that this visa-waiver does not waive requirements for work permits or study permits when entering Canada for the purposes of employment or study. UAE nationals traveling to Canada for work are encouraged to contact their immigration specialist for advice on the appropriate immigration requirements.

This alert was prepared using information provided by Kranc Associates.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.