Inviting Academic Visitors

Academic visitors are an integral part of the UAlberta's research community and make valuable contributions to academic life here. To ensure an easy transition to campus, UAlberta staff in the host department should complete the following steps when inviting an academic visitor.

  • If you are inviting a Canadian citizen or permanent resident please contact
    the Academic Visitors Office.
  • If you are inviting a foreign national please follow the steps below.

Step 1:
Complete the 
Foreign Visitor Category Assessment

International Mobility Program

The International Mobility Program applies to foreign nationals who fall into the “LMIA-exempt” category, and include (but are not limited to): Visiting Professors, Research Award Recipients, Clinical/Medical/Research Fellows, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Clinical Academic Colleagues, and those who may be eligible under a Foreign Trade Agreement such as NAFTA or GATS.

To invite foreign visitors under the International Mobility Program:

Login to: UAlberta Immigration Management System

For details on how to use this new IMMIGRATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, refer to the Foreign Visitor Category Assessment User Guide and Tips sheet.

Immigration Services will assess the information and if required, create and submit the required forms and payment to IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) . Once a response is received from IRCC, Immigration Services will contact the department with further instructions. For further information about inviting a foreign national under the International Mobility Program, please visit the frequently asked questions.

Step 2:
Complete the required documents as directed by UAlberta Immigration Services and send them to your visitor.  Keep a copy for your records.