Sign and return your letter of appointment promptly as per directions in the letter. Letters originating from the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) should be returned to this mailing address: Suite 353, Richardson Hall, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
When your signed offer letter is received, Queen's will apply for a "Confirmation of the Offer of Employment"('Labour Market Opinion", LMO) from Service Canada/Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).
The above step does not apply to: Canada Research Chairs and Canada Excellence Research Chairs and Post-Doctoral Fellows. CRC/CERC appointees will receive a "National Letter of Confirmation" in place of the LMO from the CRC Secretariat. Citizens of the U.S. and Mexico can also enter Canada to work under NAFTA regulations without first obtaining an LMO, learn more here.
A positive response from Service Canada, called a "Letter of Confirmation" is usually received within a few days of submitting the application. Queen's will forward the Letter of Confirmation(LMO) to you. Once you have received the letter, you must use it to apply for a work permit by the expiry date noted on the LMO letter.
Before you apply for the work permit, ensure your passport is valid for at least four years. Immigration officers will not issue a work permit that expires later than your passport or your offer letter. Work permits are generally issued for four years, however, it is up to the processing border officer to determine the number of years granted.
|Question you may have||Where to find answers|
Am I eligible to apply for my work permit at the Canadian Border or do I have to apply at a Canadian Visa Post abroad?
Click & Read: Where to apply for your work permit
|Do I need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to enter Canada?||Check the list of countries whose residents need a TRV to travel to Canada.|
|Where can I get help in my own language to ensure my application is complete?||Visa Application Centresaccept and forward applications (note: they do NOT provide immigration advice or make decisions on your application)|
|Do I need a medical before entering Canada?||Click & Read: Medicalsfor Immigration to Canada|
|Concern: Minor offences such as driving under the influence, shoplifting, possession of illegal substances, etc can result in refusal at the border.||Click & Read: Persons who are inadmissable to Canada|
|Where can I find Work Permit Application Forms (Applications Abroad)?||Located on the Citizenship and Immigration web site|
|How much is the fee for a Work Permit?||Check the fee schedule on the CIC web site|
|Where can I find information about bringing my family to Canada, including information on how to apply for a work permit for a spouse/partner?||Click & Read: Bringing your family to Canada|
|Is there a list of documentation to have ready for immigration officials at the border?
||Read: Crossing the border|
|Are there special considerations for foreign-trained physicians?||Read: Special note for non-Canadian, foreign trained physicians|