Working in Canada with your eTA

In 2018, Canada received more than 20 million overseas tourists. Many people are not only interested in travelling to Canada, but also in working there. But is it possible to use the eTA to work in Canada?

Short Term (15 Or 30 Days) Exemption from Work Permits with ETA Canada

Certain foreign nationals must submit an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) application even though they are exempt from needing a TRV (Temporary Resident Visa).

In order to help the Canadian government better track visitors, the eTA was established in 2016. It is significantly simpler to obtain than previous visas and is required for everyone flying into Canada. Citizens of the following nations can use the eTA:

In order to help the Canadian government better oversee visitors, the eTA visa was developed in 2016. It is significantly simpler to obtain than previous visas and is required for everyone flying into Canada. Citizens of the following nations can use the online eTA for Canada.

Applying for the eTA visa waiver is quick and easy. All you need is a passport from one of the nations above (valid for at least six months), a working email address to get your permission, and a debit or credit card to pay for your electronic travel authorization (eTA).

The fact that the entire process is completed online, the eTA application form is simple, and you get a quick response are benefits of the electronic authorization.

What Do You Need in Order to Work in Canada?

Regardless of the reason for entry, everyone entering Canada must have an eTA. It is vital for everyone, including visitors and those moving there to live and work. The eTA is typically sent along with a work permit if one has been granted.

It’s crucial to realise that the eTA is just an additional entry requirement; it does not provide you the right to work in Canada. A business eTA or the appropriate work visa must be obtained by anyone who wants to work in Canada. Unless you have a second work visa or an eTA for business, you cannot work in Canada while on the eTA.

Depending on your situation, there are several different kinds of work visas. Among the most typical are:

  • A programme for independent worker. There is a minimum number of years of relevant experience required, and it will depend on the field of employment.
  • A  programme where employees can be nominated by a Canadian province (please note that Quebec has a different system in place). At any given time, each province will have various hiring requirements.
  • A programme for those receiving a nomination from a Canadian business. The business must complete the pertinent application.

You must be able to show that you have the money you need to support yourself during your stay. This can be a factor in the denial of your application. If you’ve ever had a criminal record would be another.

If I renew my work visa in Canada, do I immediately receive an eTA?

The eTA is valid for five years after the day it was issued. You are free to enter and exit the nation as often as you please during this time. If you want to leave Canada and then return, make sure to renew your eTA when it expires to prevent issues.

Additionally, travellers who had their work permit extended on or after May 1, 2017, would automatically receive an eTA.

Before returning to Canada, anyone who renewed their work permits before May 1, 2017, but do not currently have a valid eTA, must apply for one.

Canadian eTA Requirements for Business Use

A Canadian business eTA permits the holder to engage in employment- and business-related activities while in Canada.

Applicants who want to use an eTA for business purposes must:

  •  A Valid passport and the other necessary documentation.
  • Show that you have a valid reason(s) for visiting Canada and a plan to return home by showing a return ticket, for instance.
  • Strong ties to and obligations in their own nation must be shown (e.g., a mortgage, an employment contract, and more.
  • Have enough funds to support themselves while in Canada.
  • Not pose a threat to the Canadian community i.e., not have a history of violent crime or certain dangerous contagious diseases.
  • Payment of the application cost.

Limits on work with the Canadian company eTA

Please be aware that the business eTA cannot be used to work full- or part-time for a Canadian company in Canada since it is not a work visa.

For instance, it might be utilised to: 

  • Participate in business meetings
  • Attend a lecture, conference, or event related to your line of work.
  • Engage in research efforts connected to business.
  • Talk about a contract
  • Make plans for the administration or sale of an estate.

You can use the eTA to look into available positions in Canada, but keep in mind that eTA users cannot be hired unless they also possess a current work permit.