Faculty and staff who come to the University of Toronto (U of T) as foreign nationals require work permits under Canadian immigration law.
Once the recruitment process (or in the case of students, placement or training arrangement) has been completed, the department or faculty will submit the necessary documentation to the appropriate HR Divisional Office to start the immigration process.
In order to get a work permit for working in Canada, foreign nationals will need a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada. However, some types of work are exempted from an LMIA, provided the individual meets the requirements listed.
More details can be found on the Citizenship & Immigration Canada website.
If the type of work in Canada is exempted from obtaining an LMIA, foreign nationals will need an Offer of Employment Form in support of their application for a work permit.
Who needs a work permit and Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?
- Any foreign faculty appointed to a full-time continuing faculty position at the University of Toronto, except American or Mexican citizens
- Any foreign national appointed to a full-time continuing staff position, a research associate or senior research associate position, except American or Mexican citizens
- Any American or Mexican citizen appointed to a full-time continuing faculty position
- Senior faculty appointed to a full-time continuing faculty position under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
- Visiting professor with a term of less than two (2) years, who holds a permanent faculty position at another instutition
- Guest lecturer of more than five (5) days and less than one (1) academic term
- Faculty who are direct research award recipients
- Any American or Mexican citizen appointed to a full-time continuing staff position, a research associate position or a senior research associate position
- Self-funded research: research associates, senior research associates, or postdoctoral fellows
- Direct research award recipients: research associates, senior research associates, or postdoctoral fellows
- Postdoctoral fellows (CUPE 3902, Unit 5) funded by internal monies
- Postdoctoral fellows (independant academic trainees) funded by external monies
Travel advisory information for the USA:
VISAs, permits and eligibility:
- Permits Needed for Faculty, Staff, Students, and Visitors (PDF, 155 kB)
- Ways to Enter Canada: Temporary Resident VISA and Electronic Travel Authorization (PDF, 161 kB)
- Immigration Flowcharts: Eligibility to Work in Canada (PDF, 32 kB)
- Bringing the World to U of T – Immigration Infosheet (PDF, 141 kB)