Published on: Aug 22, 2018
If you have checked your Canada eTA and it has expired due to obtaining a new passport or because five years have passed since your eTA was issued, you may wonder if you can renew your eTA. Directions for renewing travel documents are not always clear, and the proper way to keep your status up-to-date is can be confusing. Everything you need to know about renewing or replacing your eTA is described in this article.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to renew your existing eTA. A Canadian eTA is valid for five years, and then you must reapply. Extensions do not exist. Additionally, if your passport expires before your eTA’s five year period is finished, then your eTA will also expire. This is because an eTA is linked to your passport. An eTA is electronic rather than physical, and it is not designed to carry over to new passports or to be extended.
Even if you have gone through the entire process before, you will have to start a fresh eTA application. Although you cannot renew your eTA, you can receive a new one without much difficulty. While this might seem annoying and inconvenient, the good news is that you have already done this before, so you know exactly what is expected. Make sure you have all your travel documents on hand before you begin—including your new passport, if you have recently replaced it.
Canadian eTAs are designed to last for a full five years. However, if your passport expires before this time, your eTA will also expire. In order to avoid having to reapply for an eTA before five years has finished, be sure your passport is up to date and valid for at least five years. You may need to renew your passport early. In some cases, it will not be worth it to renew your passport before it expires. After all, passport fees are high and processing times are long, while eTA applications often take only a few minutes to process. However, if you have a reason to avoid reapplying for your Canadian eTA before the five-year validity limit, you may want to prioritize your eTA status over the convenience of keeping your current passport until it expires. For example, you may have trouble with long eTA processing times if you have a criminal record, or if you have a major health concern.
Unfortunately, there is no way to receive an extension for your Canadian eTA. When your eTA expires, you will have to reapply. However, as you experienced during your initial eTA application, the process if fairly quick and easy. All you have to do is duplicate your original application, updating information when necessary. Now that you know what to do, you can apply for your new eTA. Enjoy your time in Canada.
If you hold a passport from a country that is eligible for the Canada eTA such as the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, or many other eTA eligible countries, you will need to obtain an approved eTA before your tourism, business or medical visit to Canada. Get started on your application, otherwise, visit the eTA requirements to learn more about the Canada eTA
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