Most academic visitors need a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to work in Canada temporarily. Visitors who are coming for the purpose of interviewing for and academic position do not need a work permit. Visitors from certain countries need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to enter Canada.
Academic visitors described in the categories above do not require a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada.
Generally, the online application process is the most efficient and fastest way to obtain work permits and/or TRVs.
If the following requirements are met, academic visitors can apply for a work permit upon entering Canada at a "port of entry" (an airport, sea port or land border)
Academic visitors who do not qualify to apply for a work permit at a port of entry must select the visa office that serves their country of residence, their country of nationality, or the country where they have been legally admitted. CIC offices are listed at the link below:
Visa posts have varying requirements for documentation. It is therefore extremely important to check the individual web site for the visa post and carefully review their requirements. The work permit and the Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) are issued at the same time.