CANADA – Updated Travel Information for Mexican Citizens

March 4, 2024

By: Nouran Hassan

Starting February 29, 2024, Mexican citizens with a valid US non-immigrant visa or previous Canadian visa can apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA) when traveling by air on a Mexican passport.

All eTAs issued to Mexican passports before 11:30 p.m. Eastern time on February 29, 2024, will no longer be valid—except for eTAs linked to Mexican passports with a valid Canadian work or study permit. Mexican citizens travelling to Canada without a valid work or study permit will need to apply for a visitor visa or reapply for a new eTA—if they are eligible.

Mexican citizens holding a valid work or study permit can still travel by air to Canada with their existing eTA as long as it remains valid, and they can continue to study or work in Canada based on the validity and conditions of their permit. Mexican visitors who are already in Canada on an eTA can stay for as long as they are authorized (up to six months from the date they arrive in Canada). However, if they plan to leave Canada and wish to return, they must have the proper travel documents (visa or new eTA).

Most Mexican citizens with US visas will continue to enjoy visa-free travel to Canada. Those not meeting these conditions must apply for a Canadian visitor visa. For those seeking work permits, please consult with Newland Chase regarding available options.

Additionally, Canada seeks to modernize the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program with Mexico, offering new opportunities in agriculture and food processing. These adjustments aim to relieve pressure on Canada’s immigration system while supporting mobility and managed migration.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Newland Chase dedicated contact or submit an inquiry here should you have any specific questions regarding this announcement.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.