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February 8, 2023

Applying for an eTA: A Nigerian’s Guide to Traveling to Canada

As a highly experienced Canadian immigration consultant, I understand that the process of traveling to Canada can be confusing, especially for Nigerian citizens. One of the requirements for Nigerian citizens traveling to Canada is to apply for an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) before their trip. In this article, I will provide a step-by-step guide on how Nigerian citizens can apply for an eTA for travel to Canada.

Step 1: Gather the required documents: To apply for an eTA, you will need to have a valid passport and a credit or debit card to pay the eTA fee. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your entry to Canada.

Step 2: Complete the eTA application form: The eTA application form can be completed online, and it takes about 20 minutes to complete. The form will ask for personal information such as your name, date of birth, and passport details. It’s important to provide accurate and complete information as any errors or omissions can result in delays or a denied eTA.

Step 3: Pay the eTA fee: The eTA fee is $7 CAD, which can be paid using a credit or debit card. After paying the fee, you will receive a receipt of payment.

Step 4: Wait for the eTA to be processed: Once the application is submitted, it will take about 72 hours for the eTA to be processed. You will receive an email notification when the eTA has been issued. In some cases, additional information or documentation may be required, and the processing time may be longer.

Step 5: Check the status of the eTA: You can check the status of your eTA by logging into your account on the Government of Canada website. It’s important to check the status of your eTA before your trip to ensure that it has been approved.

It’s important to note that an eTA is only valid for 5 years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Nigerian citizens with an eTA are permitted to stay in Canada for up to six months, but it’s important to check the entry stamp issued by the Border Services Officer upon arrival as the length of stay can vary depending on the circumstances.

In conclusion, applying for an eTA is a simple and straightforward process for Nigerian citizens who are planning to travel to Canada. By following the steps outlined in this article and providing accurate and complete information, Nigerian citizens can successfully apply for an eTA and travel to Canada. It’s important to note that an eTA does not guarantee entry to Canada, the final decision will be made by the Border Services Officer at the point of entry. I recommend keeping the eTA confirmation and all the travel documents handy, and to have all the required documents in order to have smooth travel experience.