Most academic visitors need a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to work in Canada temporarily. Visitors from certain countries also 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 Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).
Academic visitors can apply for a work permit upon entering Canada at a "port of entry" (an airport, sea port or land border) if the following requirements are met:
Find out which countries require a Temporary Resident Visa. Be sure to check the list regularly. Requirements change!
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.