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What are some ways to apply for a Canadian visa online?

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As of 2015, online applications for a Canadian visa must be submitted to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada department. To access the online application form, users must create a MyCIC account using their online banking login, known as a Sign-In Partner, or a Government of Canada login.

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Banks that qualify as Sign-In Partners include Bank of Montreal, Choice Rewards MasterCard, Royal Bank of Canada and Scotiabank. Tangerine and Toronto-Dominion Bank also qualify. After logging in through one of the Sign-In Partners, users can complete and submit their online application, pay the visa application fees and check the status of the application. Users that don't have online banking credentials through one of the Sign-In Partners are required to create a Government of Canada login, also known as a GCKey.

As of 2015, online applications are only accepted for study permits, work permits and visitor's visas or to apply for permanent residence under the country's Express Entry program. MyCIC can also be used to apply for coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program. Users are required to have a valid credit card and the ability to upload documents to use the online visa application system.

Beginning March 15, 2016, all visa-exempt foreign nationals who transit through or fly to Canada are required to have an Electronic Travel Authorization. The only exception to this law is for U.S. citizens and anyone who possesses a valid Canadian visa.

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