International Visitors

International Visitors

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Resources for International Visitors and their Hosts 

Start the planning process for a successful academic visit early by reviewing the topics in the menu

If your visitor requires a work permit, Queen’s will have to provide the visitor with a reference number that is generated through the IRCC Employer Portal (replacing Form IMM5802) and pay a $230 processing fee. The submission through the Portal is an on-line process. Portal Representatives have been set up for each faculty/school to make submissions through the portal. To find out who your Portal Rep is, please contact your departmental office or faculty office. Portal submissions usually have an immediate turn-around, but work loads of portal representatives are often heavy. Please give appropriate lead time (at least a week).

If you are planning to bring an academic visitor to Queen's, please check immigration restrictions on the IRCC web sites during the COVID-19 crisis. Processing times are currently much longer than usual. This will likely be the case well beyond the end of the pandemic. 

 Timelines for visa approvals in the applicant's country of origin or citizenship 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. Every effort will be made to ensure that the content is kept current. To suggest changes/updates or ask questions, please contact Monica Stewart,Faculty Recruitment and Support Program.


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