NOTE:The LMIA forms and applications process are in constant flux. Please contact the Faculty Recruitment and Support Office as early as possible in the recruitment process for a foreign academic.
The LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through Service Canada is the first step in the process of bringing a foreign national to work at Queen's for an academic position. Once the foreign national's intention to accept the position has been confirmed, this process must be initiated by forwarding the following documentation to the faculty office:
The faculty office will forward the forms to the Office of the Provost, Suite 353, Richardson Hall, attn. Monica Stewart/Amanda Curran. A request for the LMIA will be prepared based on the above documentation and forwarded to the appropriate office of Service Canada. LMIA requests in the Faculty of Health Sciences will be prepared and submitted to Service Canada by Gail Knutson.
A positive LMIA for academic staff will be forwarded to the faculty/unit and the newly appointed faculty member, with a cover letter outlining the next step in the process. Once the LMIA document is received, the faculty member can initiate the work permit application. The work permit application must be completed prior to the expiry date noted on the "Annex" part of the LMIA.
Please note: The LMIA process does not apply to Canada Research Chairs, Canada Excellence Research Chairs and Post-Doctoral Fellows and several specific categories of academic visitors.