How to Appoint a Postdoc
Appointing/Reappointing a postdoctoral fellow
If you would like to newly appoint or reappoint a postdoctoral fellow who is a foreign national, a UAlberta staff member in the host department should complete the following steps.
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): Post-Doctoral Fellows
To invite foreign visitors, access the U of A Human Resource Services website at:
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 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.
This online form gathers information about the postdoctoral fellow. UAlberta's Immigration Services will determine the appropriate immigration category, and will provide hosts with appropriate appointment letter and advise if additional documentation (e.g., work permit, etc.) is required.
Step 2: Complete the required documents as directed by UAlberta Immigration Services and send to your postdoctoral fellow. Keep a copy for your records.
If the postdoc is a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, please use the template letters below.