Faculty Recruitment

Faculty Recruitment and Support Program

Faculty Recruitment and Support Program

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Can I travel to Canada for my new faculty position or Post Doctoral Fellow position even though travel restrictions continue to be in place for all foreign nationals?

Canada/US travel restrictions and travel restrictions for all other countries continue to be updated by the Government of Canada on a month-by-month basis.  

The Canada Border Services Agency/CBSA is interpreting the travel restrictions very strictly. Individual  CBSA officers have ultimate discretion in refusing access to anyone they do not deem to be essential to be present in Canada, whether they have a valid work permit or letter of work authorization from the online process, or not.

Update June 16, 2020 on biometrics collection: VACs are gradually re-opening for biometrics collection. Keep checking the IRCC page for updates.

Is my job "essential?"

The officer at the Canadian border will decide if your job is essential. 

Certain job descriptions include duties that CBSA officers may consider essential, mainly in health services and in COVID 19 research, as well as teaching.

If you think this may apply to you, please discuss with your contact in the Queen's department that has hired you.  Information on essential workers is available on the Public Safety Canada site. Your department may be able to provide you with a letter demonstrating the essential nature of your work. The Faculty Recruitment and Support Program can provide further details on such a letter.

If your department gives you a letter indicating that you may fall under one of the essential categories, bring it to the border to show to the CBSA officer.

If your job is not in a field indicated on the Public Safety Canada site, you may still be admitted to Canada if you have proof that your employer is open for business, and your job is waiting for you. Your department can provide you with a letter to indicate this. Departments are asked to contact the Faculty Recruitment and Support Program for details.

Special rules for US citizens and some US residents

US citizens and certain foreign nationals residing in the US (TRV exempt) may apply for first work permits at the border. It is up to the individual border officer if they deem the person essential to Canada. Persons working in the health sector and/or involved in COVID-19 research will likely be admitted. A letter indicating that the university is open and the job is available after quarantine is helpful.

Faculty and Post Doctoral Fellows in other fields should provide a letter indicating the university is open and the job is available.

Departments are asked to contact the Faculty Recruitment and Support Program for details.

Admission of Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents are allowed to return to Canada. They must undergo the 14 day self-isolation.

Please note that this information is narrowly focused on international international faculty and Post-Doctoral Fellows joining Queen's. For broader information please refer to the IRCC information pages.