A work-permit exemption is available for invited visitors attending a single conference or a seminar of 5 consecutive days or less in Canada. However, you will be considered a visitor to Canada and must meet the entry requirements for travellers from your country of citizenship.
We encouraged you to refer to the immigration information on the Université Laval website
To qualify for a work permit exemption you must meet the following criteria:
- Start the procedure as early possible to allow sufficient time for processing;
- Have a passport that will be valid for more than three months after the end of your stay;
- Have an invitation letter indicating the purpose of your visit and the conditions of your stay. This is essential for your immigration procedures and for entry into Canada. The letter can be obtained by contacting email@example.com;
- Meet the criteria for the exemption that corresponds to your situation and know its limits;
- If required, undergo the Canadian immigration medical exam;
- If required, obtain permission from a professional order;
- Determine which document you need to enter Canada (an electronic travel authorization or a visa) and apply for it.
1. Procedure for an electronic travel authorization (eTA)
2. Procedure for a visa
Documents to have on hand for a work permit exemption:
Please print this document and follow the instructions to prepare for going through Canadian customs.
Requirements for entry into Canada as a visitor:
Canadian citizens and permanent residents:
Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, need a valid Canadian passport. American-Canadians can travel with a valid Canadian or U.S. passport.
U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents:
U.S. citizens must carry proper identification such as a valid U.S. passport.
Lawful permanent residents of the United States must show these documents for all methods of travel to Canada:
- a valid passport from their country of nationality (or an equivalent acceptable travel document) and
- a valid green card (or equivalent valid proof of status in the United States)
A complete list of acceptable status documents for lawful permanent residents of the U.S. can be found on the following site.
Citizens of countries other than the United States and Canada:
Please check Immigration Canada's Entry requirements by country or territory website to determine whether you require a Visitor visa.
Visa-exempt travellers will require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board their flight to Canada. However, these travellers do not need an eTA if entering by land or sea - for instance driving from the U.S. or coming by bus, train, or boat, including cruise ship.
Travellers requiring a visitor visa should consult the Immigration Canada's Visitor visa website
Going through Canadian customs:
Customs clearance is carried out at the first Canadian airport you enter and includes two inspections.
The primary inspection begins with automated kiosks where you must answer a series of questions, cross-check your biometric information (if it has already been collected by Canadian authorities) and take a receipt. Next, you will meet with a border services officer who will request to see your receipt. Important: Even if you are exempt from a work permit, you are still considered a foreign worker under Canadian immigration policies.
During the secondary inspection, you will meet with the immigration services to obtain your work permit or visitor record.
If you have a stopover in Montreal or a flight arriving in Montreal, you must allow enough time before taking the next plane or bus. Significant delays have been observed in recent months.
Government of Canada has reinstated some COVID-19 measures for air travellers from China, Hong Kong and Macao. These travellers must show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 2 days before their departure to board their flight. See COVID-19: Travel, testing and borders.