Published on: Apr 23, 2019
Canada eTA processing timelines can vary based on a number of factors. The majority of eTA applications are approved within minutes, yet it is common for some applications to require additional processing that can take weeks and in special cases, months to process. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will regularly send email notifications providing updates on the status of your application, as well as if you will need to send additional documentation to support your application, or, in rare cases, attend an in-person interview at a Canadian consulate or embassy.
There are a few factors that will likely cause processing delays, and these are related to different sections on the application form such as the Prerequisite Information, Applicant Information, Personal Details, Employment Information, and Background Questions. The application data that will most likely trigger additional screening is as follows:
Considering that eTA processing timelines have a wide range of variation, applicants are advised to apply as early as possible. An eTA is issued for a period of five years, or the date of passport expiry, whichever comes first. Thus, applicants have little to gain by submitting their eTA applications too close to their travel date to 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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