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I am from a visa-exempt country or have a U.S. Green Card and a study or work permit. Do I need to apply for an eTA?

It depends.

Initial permit issued before August 1, 2015

If you never applied for and got an eTA, you will need to apply for one if you plan to leave and return to Canada by air.

Initial permit issued on or after August 1, 2015

If you are from a visa-exempt country or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., we issued an eTA automatically to you when your permit was approved.

Your eTA is electronically linked to the passport you used to apply for your permit. It is valid for up to five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. See your letter of introduction for details.

If you got a new passport since your permit was issued, you will need to get a new eTA.

Extension issued before May 1, 2017

If you never received or applied for an eTA before, you will need to apply for one if you plan to leave and return to Canada by air.

Extension issued on or after May 1, 2017

If you extend your permit, we will issue you an eTA automatically when we approve your permit.


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