If you are a European Union citizen, you don't need a visa for a short stay in Canada, up to 180 days. However, you must pre-register for eTA (electronic Travel Authorization Service), which is similar to the United States' ESTA or ETIAS visa waiver. This program prescreens visa-exempt travellers and helps secure Canada's borders.
Canadian passport is one of the strongest passports in the world
According to the latest HPI ranking, the Canadian passport is one of the world's strongest passports. The ranking is based on the number of countries where citizens can get visa-free access with their passport. Currently, the Canadian passport can get citizens visa-free access to 185 countries.
The Canadian passport is one of the strongest passports because it can be used to travel to more than 185 countries worldwide. According to the Henley Passport Index, a ranking of the world's strongest passports, Canada is equal to passports from countries such as the Czech Republic, Greece, and Malta. However, it is still ranked seventh compared to the other countries in the list.
The index is based on seventeen years of data to help governments and individuals assess the value of their passport. For example, the index ranks countries by the number of countries they can visit visa-free or visa-on-arrival. For example, the Chinese passport ranks 69th with access to 80 countries, while the Afghan passport is ranked 114th with access to 27 countries.
The Canadian passport has the most visa-free countries, including 185 countries. In addition, 48 countries require only a visa upon arrival. The report also ranks the passports of the United States, Singapore, Norway, and Switzerland in the ranking. In the past, Canada has consistently ranked among the world's strongest passports.
Canadians can travel to ETIAS countries without applying for a visa
The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is a new system that will be mandatory for Canadian citizens by the end of 2023. It will make it easier for Canadians to visit the Schengen Area for short trips. This new system will be 100% online and will not require a visit to an embassy or consulate. It will also be easier for Canadians to apply for their ETIAS visa online than ever before.
As of now, Canadian citizens are visa-free in most of the Schengen Area for stays up to 90 days. However, if they plan to spend more than 90 days in the Schengen Area, they will need to apply for a visa. The ETIAS system will allow Canadians to travel to 63 countries outside the EU without applying for a visa.
Canadian citizens can apply for an ETIAS online, and if approved, they will be expected to present this authorisation upon arrival in any Schengen area country. Travel authorisations for these countries are valid for three years, and must be renewed every two years. This means that Canadians will not have to apply for an ETIAS every time they visit a Schengen country, but they will need to reapply for an ETIAS when their passport expires.
The ETIAS system is designed to eliminate long lines and hassles at border crossings for visitors. In addition to the increased speed of the process, the ETIAS system will also help curb security risks in the EU.
Canadians can sponsor a relative or partner in Canada to get a free visa
If you want to sponsor a relative or partner in Canada, you need to meet certain requirements. Your sponsor must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to support the relative's living expenses. They also must be unmarried and not on social assistance. And they must be planning to live in Canada permanently after they come to Canada. The sponsoring relative must be at least 18 years of age and a Canadian citizen or registered under the Canadian Indian Act. If your sponsor is unmarried, the sponsoring partner must apply for permanent residency in Canada at the same time as you do.
Sponsored individuals must meet certain requirements, including medical tests and biometrics. For applicants from Europe, they must also submit their police certificates from their home countries. Sponsors must also meet certain criteria in Quebec, which includes a special agreement with the Quebec government.
Spouse sponsorship is not recommended for all cases. Applicants should be prepared to provide proof of their financial means to support the sponsored partner. They should also provide evidence of the relationship between the spouses. The spouse must have a legal spouse in Canada or a common-law partner in Canada for at least 12 years. Separate bank accounts and joint bank accounts can raise suspicions, so a couple must ensure that the relationship is genuine before submitting the application.
An applicant should provide a complete address when applying. This includes street number, name, apartment number, unit number, P.O. Box, and postal code. The address should also be inclusive of the type of street the applicant lives on. An example street address format is 123 John St, 123 John Ave, or 123 John Pl.