Office of Faculty Relations

Foreign Academic Visitors

Foreign Nationals who visit The University of Western Ontario as academic visitors are required to obtain the necessary immigration documents to enter Canada, remain in Canada and/or to be paid by Western University.  The nature of the visit will determine the appropriate contract or invitation letter issued by Western University and the paperwork that will be required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to issue the appropriate immigration documentation. 

Visiting Professors, Visiting Scientists and Self Funded Academic Researchers do not require a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from ESDC/Service Canada to obtain the appropriate documentation from CIC. Rather, the letter of invitation from Western University is used during the application process. 

Upon receipt of the letter of invitation, the foreign academic visitor must contact the nearest Canadian Consulate/Embassy to determine the appropriate documentation required by CIC for the duration of the visit. A work permit may be required depending on the activities performed during the visit and if a salary is paid by the University. Depending on the country of origin and citizenship of the visitor, additional documentation may be required from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to visit Canada including, but not limited to, a temporary resident visa (TRV), medical clearance from a designated Canadian medical practitioner and police clearance.  

To assist Academic units in determining the appropriate appointment type and immigration documentation for international academic visitors. The following informaton is not exhaustive and special circumstances may arise.  Please consult with the relevant support office as listed before preparing paperwork to ensure that the appropriate method is used in bringing the Foreign National to Canada.

Visiting Professor

Citizenship and Immigration Canada recognize that academic institutions benefit from academic exchanges and allow international visitors who hold academic positions abroad to take temporary positions in Canada.  Academics are able to obtain a work permit for an academic position at a Canadian Institution without obtaining a Labour Market Opinion (LMO).

Please contact OFRR for a template letter that may be used by the Foreign National to present to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Criteria:

Self Funded Academic Researchers

May be referred to in the academic community as visiting scholars, researchers or scientists; however, Citizenship and Immigration Canada recognizes the terminology "Self funded Researcher."  A self funded academic researcher (SFAR) is conducting research activities in their own field of studty and have autonomous funding arrangements other than an award.  A SFAR is exempt from a work permit and a Labour Market Opinion from ESDC.

Please contact OFRR for a template letter that may be used by the Foreign National to present to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Criteria:

Guest Lecturer

A guest lecturer is a Foreign National who has been invited to a Canadian Institution to give a series of lectures which does not comprise a full academic course.  The duration of the visit must be less than one academic term or semester.  These positions are exempt from Labour Market Opinions from ESDC; however, the Foreign National must apply for a work permit from CIC.  

Please contact OFRR for a template letter that may be used by the Foreign National to present to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Guest Speaker

A guest speaker is a Foreign National who has been invited to a Canadian institution to address a specific event or to deliver a paper during a seminar or academic related event. The visit must not exceed 5 days.

Please contact OFRR for a template letter that may be used by the Foreign National to present to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.