Canada is adopting an eTA lottery system to offer an easy visa lottery application to 1 million lucky immigrants who will emerge as winners in the 2018 Canada visa lottery and have permanent residence granted to them. According to a release from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the change is designed to make the system fair for all applicants. “We’re ensuring everyone can access the application process by giving them the same chance to have their name chosen.”
What is eTA?
An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is a new requirement for people of foreign nationality arriving in Canada by air, whether to visit the country directly or to pass through in transit.
Note that travelers will need to fill out the electronic travel authorization (eTA) as a preliminary to entering Canada by air. However, visitors coming to Canada by land or sea will not be required to obtain an eTA but must travel with proper identification, such as a valid passport and permanent residency card, if cases where it is applicable.
How it works
Everybody who obtains eTA after a successful application and registration automatically qualifies to participate in the Canada Visa lottery 2018. This is to say that getting an eTA is a step close to winning the lottery and getting a permanent residence in Canada.
Getting an eTA
Before you can apply for an eTA, be sure to have the following:
- A valid passport
- A valid email address
When to apply for eTA
It is often advised to notify the Canadian government as soon as you know your planned route or journey. You can however, apply/obtain an eTA at the last minute via a smartphone or a computer, all you need is an internet connection and a few minutes. The email authorization and confirmation of eTA often only takes a few minutes to come through. It is also important to note that there is no requirement to obtain an eTA because it is electronically linked to your passport or travel document. An eTA can be valid for five years, or until your passport or travel document expires.
- Have all your information ready.
- Read the help document on the Canadian federal government website.
- Complete your application form online. You must finish the application once you start as the form cannot be downloaded or saved for future use.
- Receive an email about your successful eTA application. Most applications are usually approved within minutes of completion.
- Wait for the lottery results.
How to apply
Interested participants can register through the link available on the website