Hiring Foreign Nationals
When a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and Work Permit are required.
Steps for the Hiring Unit
- The position must be advertised through appropriate media. Please Note: Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will no longer accept advertisements that are over one year old.
- If two candidates, one Canadian/permanent resident and one foreign national, are equally qualified based on the advertised criteria, the Canadian/permanent resident must be offered the position first.
- A temporary or continuing offer of employment to a foreign national must include one of the following caveats:
The offer is subject to an approved Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) by Service Canada and subsequent issuance of a work permit.
- The hiring unit completes the LMIA Application and a LMIA Cover Sheet/Checklist. For faculty and research associate positions, a Foreign Academic Recruitment Summary (FARS) is also required. The LMIA and FARS are sent to Immigration Services for submission. See Tip Sheets for detailed instructions.
- Immigration Services sends the approved LMIA to the hiring unit and the foreign national.
Steps for Foreign National
Steps for Foreign National who resides outside Canada
- Upon receipt of the approved LMIA, the foreign national must apply for a temporary work permit by completing the Application to Work in Canada: Work Permit. The following documents must be included with the application:
- If a work permit is approved, the Canadian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission will issue a letter which must be presented to an Immigration Official at the Canadian port of entry (airport or border crossing). The actual work permit is issued at that time.
- A foreign national who is a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder may proceed directly to any Canadian port of entry to request a work permit, provided s/he:
*Before arriving in Canada, the foreign national MUST confirm whether a medical examination is required.
Steps for Foreign National who resides inside Canada
- If the foreign national already holds a work permit which has not expired, s/he must complete the Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada as a Worker and submit where directed. If the foreign national holds an expired work permit OR is currently in Canada as a Visitor, s/he should seek advice from Immigration Services. If the work permit application is approved, the work permit will be mailed to the foreign national.
- The University of Alberta strongly encourages academic foreign nationals to finalize the process of becoming a permanent resident within four years of arriving in Canada.
Human Resource Services
The information provided on this website is for reference only and is subject to change. Before you invite a foreign national to campus, it is recommended that you seek advice from Immigration Services, Human Resource Services