How to Apply for an ETA to Visit Canada: A Guide by Falcon Law PC


Planning a visit to Canada as a foreign national often involves securing the necessary travel documents and authorizations. One of the key documents you may require is an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). An ETA allows visa-exempt foreign nationals to travel to Canada for tourism, business, or family visits. In this legal blog, Falcon Law PC provides a comprehensive guide on how to apply for an ETA, the eligibility criteria, and important considerations. For personalized legal support or assistance with your ETA application, please contact Falcon Law PC at 1-877-892-7778 or via email at

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding the ETA
  2. ETA Eligibility
  3. How to Apply for an ETA
  4. ETA Processing Time
  5. Common ETA Application Mistakes
  6. Contact Falcon Law PC

Understanding the ETA

The Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada by air. It is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for up to five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. The ETA is a mandatory document for travelers from visa-exempt countries, and it is designed to screen travelers before they arrive in Canada.

ETA Eligibility

To be eligible for an ETA, you must:

  • Be a citizen of a visa-exempt country.
  • Hold a valid passport.
  • Be traveling to Canada by air.
  • Intend to visit Canada for tourism, business, or family visits.

How to Apply for an ETA

Follow these steps to apply for an ETA:

  1. Prepare Required Documents: Ensure you have a valid passport and a credit or debit card for payment.
  2. Visit the Official Website: Go to the official website for ETA applications at
  3. Complete the Application: Fill out the online ETA application form. You will need to provide personal information, passport details, and travel plans.
  4. Pay the Processing Fee: Use a credit or debit card to pay the processing fee associated with the ETA application.
  5. Submit the Application: After completing the form and payment, submit your ETA application online.
  6. Check Application Status: You can check the status of your ETA application online. Most applications are approved within minutes, but it’s advisable to apply well in advance of your travel date.
  7. Receive Your ETA: If approved, you will receive your ETA electronically linked to your passport.

ETA Processing Time

In most cases, ETA applications are processed within minutes. However, it is recommended to apply for an ETA well in advance of your travel date to avoid any unexpected delays.

Common ETA Application Mistakes

When applying for an ETA, avoid common mistakes such as providing incorrect information or not meeting eligibility requirements. Any errors or omissions can lead to delays or denials of your application.

Contact Falcon Law PC

If you have questions about the ETA application process or encounter any issues, Falcon Law PC is here to assist you. Our experienced team can provide legal guidance and support to ensure your travel plans to Canada go smoothly. Please contact us at 1-877-892-7778 or via email at for personalized assistance with your ETA application or any other immigration-related matters. Your journey to Canada should be worry-free, and we are here to help make that possible.

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