Resources for International Visitors and their Hosts

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

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.


To manage expectations, use the Canadian government’s Check Processing Times tool to find out the projected timeline.

Select application type: “Temporary residence (visiting, studying, working)”

Select which application: “Visitor Visa (from outside Canada)” OR “Work Permit (from outside Canada) as applicable.