Canadian citizens who wish to travel to the EU will be able to register online and complete the ETIAS application with the expected personal details.
ETIAS Registration Form
The ETIAS registration form will gather the traveler’s biographical data and passport details. Information requirements will include the name, date, and place of birth. When completing the online ETIAS form it is fundamental to pay close attention to the information entered. The details of the passport should match the information provided in the ETIAS visa waiver application form.
Though the ETIAS application will be a straightforward process, it is imperative to be careful when filling out each section. A simple error could have a negative impact on the applicant. The ETIAS form will include a series of security questions that should be answered in an honest manner. These questions are regarding health, travel plans, and overall security. Lying on the ETIAS form could have serious consequences.
The European Information and Travel Authorization System is an automated program that will screen your details against a series of security databases, which include Interpol and Europol. All information provided will be monitored to ensure that details provided by an applicant match those retrieved from several other sources.
Revocation or Annulment of ETIAS
An ETIAS travel authorization will be revoked when the conditions for issuing the travel authorization are no longer met, especially when there are serious grounds for believing that the travel authorization was fraudulently obtained.
The annulment or revocation of the ETIAS will be done by the authorities of the Member State in possession of the evidence leading to the revocation or annulment or by the ETIAS national Unit of the Member State of first entry as declared by the applicant.
ETIAS is structured as follows:
- ETIAS Central Unit: it will verify that the data stored in the application file and the personal data recorded in the ETIAS system is correct and up to date. It defines, evaluates, tests and reviews specific indicators of the ETIAS screening rules.
- ETIAS National Units: will be responsible for carrying out the assessment on travel authorization applications referred to them from the automatic process. They will be able to issue an opinion if consulted by other member States’ ETIAS National Units
- Europol: will establish and manage the ETIAS watchlist. ETIAS National Units will be able for consultation.
- EU-LISA: will be responsible for developing and operating the ETIAS information system
- ETIAS Screening Board: this is an advisory team that will be made up of representatives from ETIAS National Units and Europol. The board can be consulted for the definition, evaluation, and revision or risk indicators.
- European Border and Coast Guard Agency: they are meant to ensure the creation and management of an ETIAS Central Unit.
In most cases, if an individual is not flagged on any database or watch list and automated approval of the ETIAS visa waiver will be approved within minutes.
Can the ETIAS Travel Authorization be extended?
The ETIAS travel authorization cannot be extended. Once you receive your approved ETIAS, the visa waiver will be valid for a period of 3 consecutive years for multiple short-term trips or until your passport expires.
An expired passport means that you will need to apply again for an ETIAS visa waiver. The ETIAS will be linked to your passport, therefore you will need to reapply for the travel authorization.
If you wish to stay in any country in the Schengen Zone for a period longer than 90 days, you will have to process and apply a different visa waiver or permit. It is very important that you know that the ETIAS cannot be used to live, work, or study in Europe for an extended period of time.