How to Apply for a Canadian Visa from Australia

There are a number of reasons you might consider moving to Canada. Maybe you'd like to have a white Christmas, maybe you love hiking but find your options limited, maybe you want to be valued in your career or maybe you’re just looking to start a new chapter in your life. 

If you’re thinking about crossing the Pacific and trading in the desert for the incredible wilderness of the great white north, you should know a few things before you go. The first thing to determine is how long do you plan to stay? If you’re thinking of something permanent, you should familiarise yourself with the various immigration streams (there are over 70) that have been tailored for people of varying skill sets. If you are considering a move to Canada but want to do a trial run, you will need to secure a Canada work visa from Australia first. 

Canada has large gaps in its labour market that it is specifically targeting young professionals to fill. Because of these gaps salaries are exceptionally high in relation to the cost of living, creating a superb quality of life for residents and citizens. There are a number of occupations in high demand, which you can use as a starting point to applying for permanent residency. Here's our complete guide on how to apply for a Canadian visa from Australia.    

Canadian Working Visas


You can either apply through to the IEC program if you are a youth (between 18 and 35 years old) or you will need to apply for a temporary work permit. There are two types of work permit:

  • Employer specific work permit - if you have a job offer from a designated employer, this will specify the duration of your employment and the location of your employment.
  • Open work permit - allows you to work for any employer in Canada. Granted for 24 months in very specific situations such as spouses of permanent residency applicants, international students, or their spouses who have recently graduated from Canadian institutions and care providers. 

Canadian Immigration

On the other hand, if you are considering immigrating to Canada and would like to become a permanent resident and eventually a Canadian citizen, the more popular immigration streams are the Express Entry Program working in connection with the Provincial Nomination Program. 

Express Entry


The Canadian Express Entry system was created in 2015 with the intention of streamlining the immigration process for high skilled immigrants and has been hugely successful to date. Applicants are required to create a profile on the ICCRC’s web page and then enter their information and supporting documents to attain a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score out of 1,200 total points. The highest points you can earn based on skills transferability and human capital factors such as your age, language skills, work experience, qualifications, and your spouse’s human capital factors is 600 points. A further 600 points can be earned by having a provincial nomination. You can also earn additional points by having a valid job offer in Canada, a high level of fluency in English or French, or siblings who are permanent residents in Canada.    

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is also an option for young graduates who wish to live in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces. 

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP)


The single most important factor in your CRS score. The PNP is a program that allows provinces to nominate immigrants who wish to settle, live, and work in a particular province. You can apply directly to the province or create an expression of interest through their Express Entry profile. The province then considers the application based on their labour and skill requirements and makes a decision. The PNP also does not have a skill level cut off, so if your job is skill level C or D, you may find a stream under one of the PNP’s you will be eligible for. The C and D NOC categories include jobs such as long haul truck drivers and butchers, which are in very high demand in Canada.   

If you want to settle and live in a certain province, you can receive a provincial nomination even if you do not have a valid job offer. If the province believes you can add value to their economy they may choose to nominate you.    

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Immigrate to Canada from Australia

There are a lot of hoops to jump through when it comes to Canadian immigration. It can become frustrating and expensive if you don’t set out on the right path from the start. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms, and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late. 

We take care of the fine print while you choose your dream destination in Canada for you and your loved ones. All you have to do is complete our application form to receive your eligibility assessment today. It's just that simple.

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