York welcomes visiting lecturers to Canada and to our university community. These scholars are global leaders in their field, and York is pleased to facilitate the international exchange of ideas and academic collaboration.
Before visiting lectures can begin their work at York, it is essential that their Canadian work permit and all related documentation is in order. Like many countries, the Government of Canada prioritizes the protection of domestic employment opportunities for its own citizens. Consequently, it can be difficult for foreign nationals to obtain a Canadian Work Permit.
Fortunately, if you are a Visiting Lecturer who is between 18 and 35 years old and is from a country with a bilateral agreement with Canada, you may be able to work in Canada under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program.
IEC Application Process:
- Verify on IEC's webpage if your country is included within this category.
- If your country has an agreement with Canada, you should then create your IEC Kompass account online.
- Next, submit the required documents (including your job offer letter) via Kompass.
- If you are eligible for IEC, the online system will issue you an IEC Acceptance Letter. This document is required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for your Work Permit application.
Once you have obtained the IEC Acceptance Letter, you may apply for a Temporary Work Permit.