eTA denials and cancellations
The Canada eTA has made it easy to obtain a travel permit to Canada, through an online application form. Although the majority of applicants are accepted into an eTA, a small percentage of applicants get their applications rejected or canceled for some reason that usually are unknown.
Why was my eTA application rejected?
eTA applications can be rejected for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons for refusals are that applicants make a mistake by providing incorrect or inaccurate information, or fail to respond to a follow-up for further documentation from the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada).
Whatever the reason, applicants should not attempt to travel to Canada as they are denied entry on their flights. If you get granted to board you can be rejected by the Canadian border control, and they will force you take the next flight back home.
Can I reapply for an eTA if I still want to travel to Canada but my previous application was rejected?
Unlike the already known US ESTA travel program, which does not allow criminal history applicants to appeal or reapply, the Canadian eTA system allows applicants to reapply once they have addressed all issues that have led to the previous eTA refusal. This could be getting the proper documentation for the second application or proving that a pending conviction was filed by the court. As each eTA application is decided on a case-by-case basis, the applicant’s previous eTA history is unlikely to have an impact on future decisions. What will help the treatment group decide would be positive changes in your personal circumstances, such as getting full-time employment, showing no further offenses, or a clean police report.
Can I appeal the eTA refusal?
The only option to appeal an eTA would be to file a request with the Federal Court of Canada that they review your case. The process of filing an appeal starts with hiring a Canadian immigration attorney who will document your full case history from the time you filed the eTA application, the information you submitted, along with any communications between you and the IRCC. The Immigration Attorney will then apply for a judicial review on your behalf, using the evidence. The goal would be to remove the eTA refusal, allowing you to travel on an eTA.
Canada’s eTA refusals and cancellations have the potential to disrupt travel plans if one is to visit Canada. Fortunately, the IRCC allows applicants to reapply for entry into Canada via eTA, in the event an eTA is denied or canceled, if applicants can provide evidence that there has been a change in circumstances that support the applicant’s claim that they no longer would pose a significant security or immigration risk.