Office of Faculty Relations

Administrative Resources

Foreign Nationals who visit, study, or work at The University of Western Ontario are required to obtain the necessary immigration documents to enter Canada, remain in Canada and/or to be paid by Western University.  The nature  and activities 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. 

Before inviting or hiring a foreign national to work or study at Western, please contact the appropriate office for assistance in facilitiating immigration requirments:


Earl Blaney 

Western International

Postdoctoral Scholars

Mihaela Harmos

School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Clincial and Medical Fellows

Kate O'Donnell or Scott Rumas

Postgraduate Medical Education, Schulich


Academics and Other Short-term/Long Term Visitors

Jennifer Holburn or Connie Zrini

Office of Faculty Recruitment

Foreign National Academics and Short-Term/Long-Term Visitors

Effective February 21, 2015, CIC introduced new measures for Canadian and Foreign Nationals entering Canada to work in positions which are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

LMIA Required


Called the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)                                                                                                                                                                                   

 Called the Intenational Mobility Program (IMP)
Requires Employers to Advertise Requires Employers to submit documentation to CIC regarding the purpose of the foreign national visit to Canada and pay an Employer Compliance Fee before entering Canada.

Intent is to ensure that no Canadian or Permanent Resident is qualifed and available for the position.

Exemptions exist in circumstances where CIC has assessed that there are reciprocal benefits for Canadians and competitive advantages for Canada
Primarily used for Full-Time Academic and Staff Positions (equal or greater to 30 hours/week) Categories include Visiting Professor, Guest Lecturer, Canada Research Chairs, Canada Excellence Research Chairs, Provincial Nominees, Foreign National entering Canada under a Free Trade Agreement, Postdoctoral Fellows and Clinical and Medical Fellows.
For information on hiring foreign worker through this program, please refer to  For information on hiring or inviting foreign nationals thorugh this program, please refer to