Canada - Visa information and lodgement

This visa office provides immigration and visa services to clients in Canada, Central America and the Caribbean including: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre et Miquelon, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands.

Permanent entry visas

Partner, prospective marriage and child visa applications from applicants usually living in any of the countries in the country coverage list above are lodged and processed in Ottawa.

Applications for general skilled, business innovation and investment, Distinguished Talent (subclass 124), Former Resident (subclass 151) and parent subclasses are lodged and processed in Australia.

Refugee and Humanitarian visas

Clients from the Americas region whose application for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa is accompanied by a Form 681—Refugee and Special Humanitarian Proposal (proposal form) must lodge their application at the department's NSW Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre.

This applies to people who are lodging a visa for consideration under the Global Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) or as an immediate family member.

Email: NSW Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre Enquiry Form

See: Lodging Certain Humanitarian Applications in Australia

All other Refugee and Humanitarian applications from people currently residing in any of the countries listed in the country coverage list mentioned at the top of this page should lodge their application with the Australian Embassy, Washington DC.

Temporary entry visas

Passport holders from Canada and a range of other countries are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) through travel agents and airlines.
See: Electronic Travel Authority – Online Applications

Passport holders from Canada who want to visit Australia for more than three months are eligible to apply online for a Tourist visa (e600).
See: Visitor (e600) Visa – Online applications

Passport holders from certain countries are eligible to apply for a Tourist visa (e600).
See: Visitor (e600) Visa – Online applications

Passport holders from Canada are eligible to apply online for a Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417).
See: Working Holiday Visa – Online Applications

Passport holders from Canada are eligible to apply online for a Student visa. Some Mexican nationals may be eligible to apply online for a Student visa.

Student visa applicants who usually live in the USA and want to make an application on paper should lodge their application with the Australian High Commission, Ottawa Canada.
See: Students

Unless indicated below, paper temporary entry visa applications from applicants usually living in one of the countries in country coverage list above are lodged and processed by the Australian High Commission in Ottawa Canada.

Select 400 series applications (including subclasses 401, 402 (Research stream only)) from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela and Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean (previously known as Netherlands Antilles (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Maarten (Saint Martin) and Sint Eustatius (Saint Eustatius)) are assessed and decided at the Australian High Commission, Ottawa Canada.

400 Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa. Visa applicants may make paper applications at an Australian diplomatic mission, or an online application if they are eligible passport holders.

401 Temporary Work (Long-stay Activity) visa – Exchange, Sport and Religious Worker streams. Sponsorship and nomination applications are lodged and processed at the Hobart Office in Tasmania, attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre. Visa applicants who are outside Australia must lodge their visa applications at an Australian diplomatic mission. Visa applicants who are in Australia must lodge their visa applications at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.

401 Temporary Work (Long-stay Activity) visa – Domestic Worker (Executive) stream. Sponsorship, nomination and visa applications are lodged and processed at the Canberra office in Australian Capital Territory - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.

402 Training and Research visa – Research stream. Sponsorship applications are lodged and processed at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre. Visa applicants who are outside Australia must lodge their visa applications at an Australian diplomatic mission. Visa applicants who are in Australia must lodge their visa applications at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre

402 Training and Research visa – Occupational Trainee stream. Sponsorship, nomination and visa applications are lodged and processed at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.

402 Training and Research visa – Professional Development stream. Sponsorship and visa applications are lodged and processed at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.

416 Special Program applications are lodged and processed at the Hobart office in Tasmania - attention Specialist Temporary Entry Centre.

420 Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa. Sponsorship, nomination and visa applications are lodged and processed at the Sydney office in New South Wales - attention Entertainment Visa Centre. You can use our email contact form if you need additional support.

Paper applications for the Sponsored Family stream of the Visitor (subclass 600) visa must be lodged in Australia. These applications will be processed at one of the Sponsored Family Visitor processing centres below.

Sponsor's locationProcessing centre
New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania or the ACT Sydney office in New South Wales - attention Sponsored Family Visitor Processing Centre
Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia or Western Australia Brisbane office in Queensland - attention Sponsored Family Visitor Processing Centre

Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457)​ sponsorship, nomination and visa applications must be lodged online. These applications will be processed at one of the Centres of Excellence in Australia.

If you are sponsored by an Australian employer, you must lodge your visa application at the same office in Australia where your employer lodged papers to support your application. Please ask your employer where they lodged these papers.​​​​​

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Citizenship

Applications for Citizenship by Descent can be lodged at the Australian High Commission, Ottawa Canada.

Applications for Australian citizenship general eligibility and other situations, and applications to resume or renounce (give up) Australian citizenship should be lodged at the Canberra office in Australian Capital Territory.

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