To ensure a smooth entry into Canada for international academic visitors, the visitor and host department or unit will need to determine the visitor's appropriate entry category based on Citizenship and Immigration regulations, outlined below.
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 Post-Docs and professionals under free trade agreements such as NAFTA. 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 or the Office of Post-Doctoral Training for further information.
Academics not requiring work permits - CIC entry categories
Academics requiring work permits - CIC entry categories
International visitors will require documentation appropriate to their intended type of work for themselves as well as ensuring that any accompanying family members have the required visas.