Faculty Recruitment

Faculty Recruitment and Support Program

Faculty Recruitment and Support Program

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Obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

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:

  • a completed Foreign Academic Recruitment Summary. Please note this form is a new version as of November, 2017. 
  • a list of all Canadian and Permanent Resident applicants who have not been chosen, and reason for not hiring them. 
  • hard copies of advertisements for the position, containing date/name of publication and proof of length of time it ran. If you have conducted a web ad campaign,you must have definitive proof of where and how long the ad appeared for, showing exact dates. Print outs with a legible computer date stamp showing the first and last day the ad ran are considered proof. A receipt for payment alone is not sufficient. For details, please contact the Faculty Recruitment and Support Office.

The faculty office will forward the forms to the Office of the Provost, Suite 353, Richardson Hall, attn. Monica Stewart. 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 Katie Roberts.

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:

  • citizens of the U.S. and Chile (covered under trade agreements)
  • Canada Research Chairs, Canada Excellence Research Chairs
  • Post-Doctoral Fellows
  • several specific categories of academic visitors
  • French speaking or bilingual workers coming to Queen's, even if they won't be required to speak French in their job

For immigration processes that apply to these exempt individuals please contact Monica Stewart, Faculty Recruitment and Support.