Do you need a TRV or eTA?

Home » Do you need a TRV or eTA?

With very few exceptions, visitors to Canada must secure either a temporary resident visa (TRV) or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). You will need one of the two to board your flight to Canada.


Find out if you need a TRV or an eTA


For individuals requiring an electronic travel authorization (eTA)

  • If you have multiple passports, the passport you use to apply for the eTA must be the same passport you will use when you enter Canada
  • The validity of an eTA is five years or until the date your passport expires, whichever comes first.
  • The fee is $7 per person

For individuals requiring a temporary resident visa (TRV)

  • The visa officer will decide whether you will get a single entry or multiple entry visa – the fee is the same
  • The expiry date on your temporary resident visa (counterfoil/sticker on your passport) is the last date you can enter Canada. For example: If the expiry date written on your visa is tomorrow’s date, you can still enter Canada today and normally be allowed to stay for 6 months.
  • The fee is $100 per applicant or $500 per family of 5 or more members.

How long can you stay in Canada on a TRV or an eTA?

Temporary resident visa (TRV) holders and foreign nationals with an electronic travel authorization (eTA) are normally allowed to remain in Canada for a maximum of six months.

When you enter Canada, the border officer may stamp your passport and write a future date – this is the last date you are allowed to stay in Canada. If the border officer did not write a date with the stamp on your passport, it means that you are allowed to remain in Canada for a maximum of six months.

You can also apply to have your stay in Canada extended, however, approval is not guaranteed. Always be prepared to leave Canada at the end of your allowed stay.


Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information on this website at the time of publication, additions, updates, alterations and changes in circumstances may occur between the time of publication and the time the user views the information. Somerset Immigration Consultancy advises website users to verify the accuracy and completeness of the information before committing to any course of action. Ask an Authorized Representative.


Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information on this website at the time of publication, additions, updates, alterations and changes in circumstances may occur between the time of publication and the time the user views the information. The content of this website is to be used with the assistance of an authorized representative, otherwise Somerset Immigration Services advises website users to verify the accuracy and completeness of the information before committing to any course of action.