Many Aussies relocate to Canada every year. It’s the friendly, like-minded locals, beautiful natural environment, and economic opportunities that drive Australians to the Great North. Not sure where to begin your journey to living and working in Canada, eh?
Here is a handy guide about what you need to know to avoid any immigration mistakes. Canadian immigration can be very difficult to apply for correctly and immigration rejection is a real fear for many applicants. Because there are over 100 different immigration programs in Canada at the moment, immigration has become even more complicated. We are here to help you figure out how to immigrate to Canada from Australia with our handy guide.
Where to Start – The Canadian Immigration Process Explained:
Choose Where You Want to Live
Do you have the perfect place in mind to move with your family? Canada has over 12 provinces and territories that you can choose to move to. Each of them has different needs, for example, Saskatchewan has the biggest farming industry, and Nova Scotia that rules the fishing industry.
Toronto VS Sydney
Both of these large cities made the top 10 list of most liveable cities in 2019. These cities are always buzzing with life, events, markets, and shops. From their rich multicultural populations and thriving financial districts to their hip bars, clubs, and restaurants, both Toronto and Sydney have that exciting urban atmosphere you only find in the world’s most vibrant cities.
Montreal VS Melbourne
From the Melbourne Rebels to the Montreal Canadiens – these two cities are serious about sport but it’s not all sweat and tears. The culture scenes are thriving with lively arts, packed festival calendars, and devotion to all things foodie, it’s impossible to be bored in either city. What’s extra exciting about Montréal is its French culture, which influences everything from the food markets to the architecture.
Calgary VS Adelaide
Cosmopolitan city life and friendly country feel, if you love to have the best of both, you’re sure to love Calgary which mirrors the affluent skyscrapers that exist side-by-side with a strong rodeo culture of Adelaide. It’s even nicknamed “Cowtown”. Both cities are surrounded by vast and beautiful countryside to explore on the weekends.
A little bit of research is important before you start your application. Plus, each area in Canada has its own unique immigration requirements and application processes, so what applies to one area may not apply to another.
Which Canadian Visa Programs are Available to You?
This depends on a number of factors. Many visas will require you to meet minimum requirements. These requirements can be having:
- The right job;
- Relevant work experience;
- The necessary education level like a secondary education or a Ph.D.;
- Language skills in French and English;
- A job offer from a Canadian employer;
- An LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment);
- A Provincial Nomination; and
- No criminal background
Since it was created in 2015, EE (Express Entry) has become one of the most popular visa programs in Canada. Thanks to its fast application processing times that can be as short as three months. EE has been the key for many to make Canada their home.
The Express Entry program has three categories:
- Federal Skilled Worker;
- Federal Trade Worker; and
- Canadian Experience Class
Due to the new system, over 81,400 people were approved by the Canadian government in 2019 for immigration, according to the Express Entry end of year report. This number is set to rise even higher in 2021 due to higher immigration goals being set for the country for 350,000 new immigrants.
In order to continue the immigration process to Canada from Australia you will need the following documents:
- ID and Passport;
- Language Tests;
- Education Credential Assessment;
- Your NOC (National Occupational Classification) code;
- Police Clearance; and
- Doctor’s Certificate
Things you should really know about your ID and Passport
When you apply for any visa program, your ID or Passport will be needed. Make sure that these documents DO NOT expire during the application process, as your ID or passport number will be linked to your application.
This will cause you huge problems in the long term, so ensure that these legal documents do not expire anytime soon.