Information for Foreign Nationals

A foreign national in Canada is someone who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident.

Due to the pandemic, some restrictions now apply to foreign nationals who plan to work at the University of Alberta.

Applying to change the conditions of your work permit (e.g., transferring to a new position in the university)

Follow these instructions from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to complete this form. Completing this form may allow you to begin working in your new position before your work permit application is reviewed by IRCC. 

Make sure you copy and paste the provided IRCC message that applies to your situation in the “Your enquiry” section of the form. You can find the IRCC messages in Step 2: Fill out the IRCC Web form on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

You will need to upload the invitation letter from the university, along with the submission confirmation letter from your online work permit extension submission. 

Within 10 business days, you should receive a letter of authorization from IRCC allowing you to start work immediately. 

How to extend resident status

If you are already residing in Canada and your temporary resident status is about to expire, you can apply for an extension to keep your status. To extend your resident status, you must: 

  • Have the correct documents to support your extension application (scholarships/awards, job offers, Labour Market Impact Assessments, etc.)
  • Apply online, meet all the requirements, and pay the associated fees—your supervisor will need to complete a Foreign Visitor Category Assessment to obtain the correct supporting documents from the university.

If you applied before the expiry date of your current permit and your extension application is currently in process, you will have implied status and can remain in Canada until a decision is reached on your application.

If you have foreign nationals in this situation, please contact Immigration Services, Human Resource Services at immigration.services@ualberta.ca.

Extend or change the conditions on your work permit

If you have a work permit that is about to expire, and you wish to extend or make changes to it, you must apply before your current permit expires for the extension/changes to be processed. You cannot extend your work permit beyond your passport’s expiry date.

More information about specific situations can be found on the IRCC Coronavirus Special Measures webpage.

Applying to restore your temporary resident status as a worker

If you applied to restore your temporary resident status as a worker with an employer-specific work permit, you may be eligible to apply for an authorization to work while you wait for your application to be processed if you:

  • held a valid work permit in the 12 months before the date you submitted your application to restore your status as a worker, and
  • will work at the same employer and occupation that’s specified in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or LMIA-exempt offer of employment included in your work permit application

How to request consideration for an interim work authorization

  1. Apply for an employer-specific work permit.
  2. Fill out the IRCC Web form.
    1. Copy and paste the provided IRCC message that applies to your situation in the “Your enquiry” section of the form. You can find the IRCC messages in Step 2: Fill out the IRCC Web form on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.
    2. Make sure you fill out the sections in square brackets, including the
      • dates
      • name(s) of employer(s)
      • title of your job

If you applied on paper and don’t know your application number, include your courier tracking number. This will make sure they find your application.