August 27, 2015

From Fragomen Worldwide: New Canada Requirements for Visa-Exempt Foreign Nationals

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From Fragomen Worldwide: New Canada Requirements for Visa-Exempt Foreign Nationals

Visa-exempt foreign nationals in Canada who plan to exit and re-enter Canada by air after March 15, 2016 must apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to boarding a flight for their arrival in Canada. Visa-exempt foreign nationals who plan to enter Canada must obtain an eTA prior to travel as of March 15, 2016, as well. Online applications for the eTA program will be available August 1, 2015. A full list of visa-exempt nationals is available here.

U.S. citizens, Canadian permanent residents, and those traveling by land or sea are exempt from the eTA requirement. U.S. permanent residents will need to obtain an eTA to enter Canada.

What This Means for Foreign Nationals

Employers will need to ensure that, to avoid any delays, visa-exempt nationals traveling by air obtain an eTA prior to their return to Canada.

If you have any questions, please contact your Cartus representative, email, or email

© 2015 Fragomen Worldwide. This alert is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or give rise to an attorney-client relationship between you and Fragomen Worldwide.

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Jackie Charney

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Jackie Charney, Director Supply Chain Management, Cartus, is based in Danbury, CT. Jackie has been with Cartus for 35 years. In her current role she is responsible for several supplier networks, including Global Temporary Living and U.S. Rental Assistance.

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