Foreign nationals, including United States (US} citizens, are restricted from traveling to Canada without special permission from the immigration authorities. To qualify to travel to Canada as a non-immigrant or an immigrant, you have to meet the following eligibility requirements: be a Canadian citizen by birth, a Canadian citizen by choice, a valid passport that has been issued by the Government of Canada and an Immigration status that has been authorized by the Immigration Ministry. Immigrants are subject to immigration regulations in terms of employment and immigration fraud. Tourists may also apply for Canadian citizenship if their children are Canadian citizens or if one of their children was born in Canada and had acquired Canadian citizenship. Such children are known as offshore citizens.
An immigrant may also travel to Canada by travelling under the provisions of the Canadian International Airline Regulations (CICA). A Canadian citizen who wishes to enter Canada by way of air must first obtain a temporary visitor visa. In addition, there are several other immigration-related requirements that an immigrant must meet.
The first condition for entry into Canada is admissibility. This means that all foreign nationals who wish to enter Canada must be in possession of the necessary visa documentation and must have obtained approval from the Immigration Minister. Admissibility can be achieved by adhering to the law, having acquired the consent of the provincial government and meeting other conditions set out in the Canadian Immigration Services Regulations. The various types of visas available to foreign nationals include the Temporary residents’ visa, the International Development Business Visa and the Employment Visa.
The second condition for entry into Canada is residency. For Canadian citizens, this resident status may be acquired by proving one’s identity and entering the country legally. Immigrants to Canada who do not have permanent resident status in the country may still be able to apply for immigration but they will first have to obtain a temporary foreign worker permit.
There are several other entry requirements that must be met in order to travel to Canada. These requirements differ from country to country and depend on the gender and age of the traveler. Foreigners who wish to travel to Canada must first acquire entry requirements from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This includes a detailed list of what is required of the visitor, when the visit is to be made and for how long. While entry requirements are usually not strenuous, they can be strenuous to meet if the traveler does not follow the correct procedures.
Many foreign nationals make the mistake of crossing the border from the United States into Canada without seeing Canadian customs officials at the border crossing point. Some do so to see American movies or television shows that have been shot in Canadian waters. However, tourists should not attempt to cross the border to see local sights unless they are well versed in Canadian immigration and border crossings. Entry requirements vary from one traveller to another depending on the length of their stay in Canada and the location where they intend to go to see Canadian sights. Foreign nationals may also need to follow additional quarantine requirements before entering Canadian waters as there are contagious diseases that can be carried from one traveller to another.
Quarantine laws and regulations vary greatly between the provinces and territories in Canada. Those travelling to Canada must understand the differences in the way quarantines are enforced. Some provinces have weaker quarantine laws than others and foreigners may find it difficult to enter the country if their quarantine period has expired. Quarantines in Ontario require that foreign nationals show proof of valid travel documentation and meet some basic requirements before boarding a plane to Canada. Those who fall under the category of “inadmissible aliens” will not be allowed to enter the country at all.
Those who fall under the category of “inadmissible aliens” may face a lengthy wait before they are released from immigration detention. While in immigration detention, a foreign national may be denied entry into the country. Quarantine laws and regulations differ among the provinces and the territories. No person may enter Canada by using an unregistered entry, parole or a visitor visa. Persons that do not have one of these permits are prohibited from entering the country. Anyone attempting to overstay their six month validity period are considered to be inadmissible aliens and may face removal from the country.