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How to get the ETA Canada for Australian citizens

by Juan José Herranz | Tue 24 Nov 2020
How to get the ETA Canada for Australian citizens

Canada has become one of the most popular travel destinations for tourists from around the world. This fact may surprise some, but the truth is that when you stop to look at the beauty of this North American country, you realize it has a lot to offer. Travelling to Canada is one of the most popular activities for Australian citizens. These two countries maintain excellent relations as members of the Commonwealth, and travel is straightforward for Australians without many restrictions or requirements for entering and sightseeing in Canada.

Can I move to Canada from Australia?

Due to the excellent relationship between the two countries, Australian citizens have always had an ease of access to Canada regardless of whether travelling for tourism, business, study, or for living in Canada. Australian citizens do not need a physical visa to travel to Canada, but they do need to do an online Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This process is straightforward and convenient to do from home before embarking on your trip.

Below are the steps to take when obtaining this mandatory document: Fill out the eTA form with the personal details of each traveller. It is essential to note that the exact information of the passport that is being used for travel to Canada must be given. In case any information does not match the document, the eTA will be invalid.

Pay for the eTA processing services with your credit or debit card. In an estimated time of 24 hours, you will receive an attached document via email which will confirm your eTA application has been approved.

aPlease note that the eTA is electronically linked to your passport, so authorities at the airport can see the information online. However, we recommend that you save and print the emailed document so that you have the eTA number in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

How long can I stay in Canada?

Australian citizens, not requiring a visa to travel to Canada, will have their stay in Canada limited by the characteristics of the eTA. Electronic Travel Authorization is valid for a maximum of five years from the time of approval. This authorization will allow you to enter as many times as you wish during this period, as long as your stay per visit does not exceed six months.

If you intend to stay longer than authorized, you must contact the High Commission of Canada It is important to note that if the passport expires while the eTA is in effect, then the eTA will no longer be valid and you will need to request another with the new passport. For this reason, it is recommended that you do not travel to Canada if your passport is due to expire as you may have trouble leaving the country.

Can I live in Canada with an Australian passport?

Canada's eTA only covers sightseeing or transit trips through the country.  If you intend to live in Canada, you will need to apply for another type of documentation. To live in Canada on an Australian passport, the Government of Canada must first approve the Application for a Permanent Residence Permit (PRs).

With the Australian passport, you can apply for a residence permit in Canada.  Once granted, every time you travel then you will only have to present your Australian passport and residence permit. A Residence Permit will allow you to live, work and study throughout Canada. In addition, you are entitled to enjoy virtually all the advantages that a Canadian citizen would have, including health care coverage.

The only thing you won't be able to do is to vote, run for political office or hold some jobs that need a high-level security clearance. To obtain citizenship for Canada will be a different process than becoming a permanent resident.

Can Australians work in Canada?

With the eTA, you will be able to attend working conferences, close deals, etc., as long as it doesn't involve a direct cash collection while in Canada. If you intend to generate income while in the country, you must apply for a separate visa, the so-called "work permit". There are two types of work permit:

  • Employer-specific work permit: Before you submit, the employer who wants to hire you must complete specific steps and give you either an offer of employment number or a copy of the Labour Market Impact Assessment to include in your application.
  • Open work permit: This lets you work for any employer in Canada, unless they are listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions or if related to erotic jobs.


As an Australian citizen, Canada offers multiple possibilities to travel to the country, whether it be for tourism, work, study, or even going to live. Of all these options, the easiest to process is the eTA, valid for tourism and transit. Canada is a lovely country, and it is possible that after a while in the country you may want to stay longer or even become a citizen of Canada.

To do so, you must have the permanent residence permit detailed in this article, having lived in Canada 3 of the last 5 years, have filed your necessary taxes and pass a test done by the Government of Canada.

About the author
Juan José Herranz

Juan José Herranz
Hello! I'm Juan Jose, a boy from Extremadura who loves to travel and share his experiences with readers. I write articles for and I also help users to process electronic visas for all countries in the world that require it. I'm more of the mountains than the beach, so the quiet destinations with green landscapes are my favorites.

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