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VISA

Please read carefully the following information


The below section has been taken from the Immigration and Citizenship website of the Government of Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp) in March 2017 and is for information only.

As information on the Immigration and Citizenship website of the Government of Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp) is constantly evolving, participants are responsible for checking this website to have the latest updates regarding visas and Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

 

I) COUNTRIES AND REGIONS REQUIRING A VISA TO TRAVEL TO CANADA


The below section has been taken from the Immigration and Citizenship website of the Government of Canada (
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp) in April 2017 and is for information only.


As information on the Immigration and Citizenship website of the Government of Canada (
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp) is constantly evolving, participants are responsible for checking this website to have the latest updates regarding visas and Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

1.1) Passport holders from the following countries must obtain a visa to travel to Canada:







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Attending a conference in Canada is considered as “Cross-border business” and, as such, participants must apply for a business visa. For more information, please consult http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/business-who.asp.


Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that participants visit the website of the visa office responsible for processing their visa applications


Participants are encouraged to submit their visa applications well in advance (ideally 3 monthsbefore the date of the event) at a Visa Application Centre or on-line at E-applications (e-Apps).

1.2 How to get a visa to Canada

a) Submit an on-line visa application:

Participants that need a visa but require their passport for other travel purposes are strongly encouraged to submit their visa applications on-line at the following link http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/business.asp

Participants that choose to apply on-line will not have to submit their passport until a decision has been taken on their applications.If required, the visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process.  

b) Submit an onsite visa application at a Visa Office:

In countries where Canada has a diplomatic representation, participants can submit their visa application to a visa office.

For more information on the location of the Canadian visa offices, on how to submit a visa application and on the documentation required, please consult http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/apply-where.asp.

c) Submit a visa application at a Visa Application Centres (VACs):

In countries where there is no Canadian diplomatic representation, participants can submit their visa application at a Visa Application Centres (VACs).

VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants.  VACs provide a number of services including help applicants fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete, thereby reducing unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.

Applicants that are required to provide biometrics information as part of the visa application process can do so at a VAC.  Additional information on the biometrics requirements is available at the IRCC website.

VACs send applications to Visa Offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner. VACs do not process visa applications and play no role in the decision-making process.

To find the nearest VACs in your country please consult http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/offices/vac.asp.

d) Visa Applications Processing Times:


Processing time for visa applications vary depending on the office and the time of the year.  Participants are encouraged to apply early for their visas, and to submit complete applications including all supporting documents.  

Please visit the IRCC website for information on the time it takes to process visa applications at the various visa offices. 

II) COUNTRIES AND REGIONS REQUIRING AN ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION (eTA) TO TRAVEL TO CANADA

The below section has been taken from the Immigration and Citizenship website of the Government of Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp) in April 2017 and is for information only.

As information on the Immigration and Citizenship website of the Government of Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp) is constantly evolving, participants are responsible for checking this website to have the latest updates regarding visas and Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada.

2.1) Foreign nationals from the following countries and regions will need an eTA before boarding their flight to Canada:  

















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



2.2) Other foreign nationals that need an eTA:

  • Holders of a passport or travel document issued by the Holy See;
  • Holders of a national Israeli passport;
  • Holders of a passport issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China;
  • Holders of a passport issued by the United Kingdom to a British National (Overseas), as a person born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong;
  • Holders of a passport issued by the United Kingdom to a British Subject which contains the observation that the holder has the right of abode in the United Kingdom;
  • Holders of an ordinary passport issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that includes the personal identification number of the individual.


To apply on-line for an eTA, please consult
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp . The eTA costs $ 7 CAD and most applications are approved within minutes.

2.3) Exemptions - eTA:

Subsections R7.1(2) and (3) describe individuals who are exempt from the eTA requirement. They include among others :

  • U.S. citizens;
  • Travelers with a valid Canadian visa;
  • Canadian citizens, including dual citizens and Canadian permanent residents;
  • Her Majesty the Queen of Canada and any member of the Royal Family;
  • Citizens of France who are residents of St. Pierre and Miquelon who seek to enter Canada directly from St. Pierre and Miquelon;
  • Visitors, students and workers, who seek to re-enter Canada after solely visiting either the United States or St. Pierre and Miquelon, providing that they return to Canada by the end of the period initially authorized for their stay or any extension to it;
  • Foreign nationals seeking to transit through Canada under Transit Without Visa or China Transit Program;
  • Foreign nationals who hold a passport that contains a diplomatic acceptance, a consular acceptance or an official acceptance issued by the Chief of Protocol for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on behalf of the Government of Canada and are properly accredited diplomats, consular officers, representatives or officials of a country other than Canada, of the United Nations or any of its agencies, or of any international organization of which Canada is a member.

III) ARRIVAL IN CANADA

The below section has been taken from the Immigration and Citizenship website of the Government of Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp) in April 2017 and is for information only.

As information on the Immigration and Citizenship website of the Government of Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp) is constantly evolving, participants are responsible for checking this website to have the latest updates regarding visas and Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).


When you arrive in Canada, follow the signs to the first Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) checkpoint where an officer will greet you. You may be asked a series of questions to determine your immigration status, the nature of any goods you are bringing with you, your duty-free allowance and personal exemption entitlements.

  • The border services officer will also ask to see the following documents: Passport; Declaration Card (you will receive a Declaration Card while you are on board the aircraft, or other conveyance, and must complete it before you arrive). Once you have picked up your luggage, proceed to the second CBSA checkpoint, where you will show the officer your Declaration Card; eTA (if relevant); Visa (if relevant).
  • Foreign nationals may also be asked to prove the reason for their trip by means of one of the following documents: Hotel reservation, return tickets; Letter of invitation from the OIE and/or from the Canadian government* stating the purpose of the visit and estimated length of stay; Letter of Recognition issued by Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) which will be provided to the participants at a later stage


Make sure that you have all these documents with you and that they are not packed in your luggage. This will speed up your entry into Canada.

*If you need an invitation letter from the Canadian government to facilitate your visa issuance, kindly contact events_secretariat@oie.int that will assist you with the procedure.



The below section has been taken from the Immigration and Citizenship website of the Government of Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp) in April 2017 and is for information only.


As information on the Immigration and Citizenship website of the Government of Canada (http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp) is constantly evolving, participants are responsible for checking this website to have the latest updates regarding visas and Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).



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