On January 27, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced an extension of the Special Authorization program for dual-Canadian citizens, granting them additional time to acquire a valid Canadian passport.
Following consultations with several stakeholders including major international airlines, IRCC has extended the Special Authorization program for an undefined period. This program, designed to minimize travel disruptions arising from IRCC’s new Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement, allows dual-Canadian citizens who do not hold a valid Canadian travel document a short window to board their flight into Canada. Accordingly, dual-Canadian citizens with a passport from a visa-exempt nation and arranged travel plans to enter Canada within 10 days of their application may apply for a Special Authorization which, if granted, is valid for 4 days from the date of travel.
Due to Canada’s mobility rights, Canadian citizens are ineligible to apply for an eTA. Accordingly, IRCC’s announcement allows dual-Canadian citizens who hold a valid passport from a visa exempt nation to continue to benefit from the Special Authorization program until they can acquire a valid Canadian passport.
For information on obtaining a Special Authorization, please contact PwC Law LLP.