Queen's University

International Visitors

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Resources for International Visitors and their Hosts 

Start the planning process for a successful academic visit early by reviewing the topics in the grey tabs above in sequence.

Starting February 21, 2015, new obligations will be imposed on Canadian employers hiring foreign nationals who are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. Exemptions from the LMIA process include professionals under free trade agreements such as NAFTA. as well as the academic visitor categories discussed on these pages. Under the new procedure an employer will be required to submit information about its business, complete an offer of employment form (IMM5802)) and pay a $230 "employer compliance fee" online to Citizenship and Immigration Canada before the work permit application is filed. As of that date, foreign nationals will not be able to get an employer-specific work permit if their employer has not submitted the required forms and paid the fee. The compliance fee is in addition to the current work permit processing fee of $155. Please contact the  Faculty Recruitment Program for further information.  

Timelines for visa approvals can be lengthy and will vary widely depending on:

  • the visitor's citizenship, 
  • country of residence,
  • time of year, and current workload at the visa office.

It is not possible to contact the visa office or other government officials to speed up processing.

This web site has been created to offer step-by-step guidance to academic visitors and the Queen's departments inviting them. Every effort will be made to ensure that the content is kept current. To suggest changes/updates or ask questions, please contact Monica Stewart,Faculty Recruitment and Support Program.


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