What type of visa does an Australian need to work as an Actor in Canada?

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Is it correct to apply and submit for a self-tape for Canada, they will need to have a work visa already? If yes, is it a different type of visa and where can they apply? Thank you in advance. 

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    A work visa sponsored by the production company

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  • 1 month ago

    You must be an actor of international renown, and have a performance contract with a known Canadian producer. The producer must apply for your visa. If approved, you will be allowed into Canada only for duration of your contracted performances (on stage) or the filming of your role for TV/films.

    You cannot apply for any such employment visa. Canadian actors' union has a lot of influence, and it is very difficult for foreign talent to work in Canada. Even though most US productions are actually filmed in Canada, most of the performers & all staff will still be Canadians. So don't expect things to be any better getting US visa (it's actually worse, so much more competition, and not so much work actually done there).

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    A Canadian work visa. If you're selected for a role the production company/studio will furnish that to you. But don't hold your breath because ACTRA has a pretty strong stranglehold on the importation of foreign talent and it's very difficult for a foreign actor to get approval. These are policies that brought us such luminaries as Jason Priestley, Cobie Smulders and Sandra Oh. All people who would probably be anonymous had Canada's strict CanCon policies not forced them down the throats of US producers.

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