With 650,000 UK citizens emigrating to Canada every year, the country has been a very popular destination for our expats. This is nothing unusual about a country that’s part the Commonwealth. The Britishness is there and it blends with all that’s French about it to make a fine cultural mixture. While the country undeniably boasts some of the world’s most pristine wildernesses that which attracts countless nature lovers, its appeal is in its cultural richness and abundant career opportunities.
With a high human development index and the 11th largest economy in the world, the country is by far one of the best possible choices to make when considering removals to Canada. In our ultimate relocation guide for UK expats living in Canada, we will discuss some of the most important and interesting ideas for those planning their move to the country of the maple leaf.
Do British citizens need a visa to enter Canada?
There are a number of ways in which you can enter Canada. Depending on the reason for visiting Canada and length of your stay, you are presented with a selection of options. Short-term stay of up to 6 months does not require a dedicated visa for Canada, but if you intend to take up legal employment or will exceed the six-month allowance, an advance application for the required document will be a must. Let’s examine the options.
Electronic Travel Authorisation
In 2016, the Canadian government implemented a visa-free entry programme. Under its regulations, citizens of some countries, including the USA, Australia, New Zealand the UK and a few other EU countries are not required to apply for any specific visa. There are, of course, limitations to this. In general, if you’re stay in Canada will not exceed a total of six months and you will be arriving by air, all you need is to register with the electronic Travel Authorisation system (eTA). The Canadian eTA allows British passport holders to travel to Canada for:
- visiting family members
The implementation of the eTA system has greatly facilitated travelling to Canada. Likewise, the application process is by no means difficult. The processing time is instantaneous and the authorisation is valid for a total of 5 years, allowing the holder multiple entries within the validity period. To register, you’ll need:
- your passports
- an email address
- a valid credit or debit card to cover the registration fee of CA$7