Immigration Scenarios

There are three scenarios that can arise when an international postdoctoral fellow (PDF) will be carrying out activities for more than one department.

Scenario 1
If, at the outset, the intent is to have a PDF carry out activities for more than one department, the original letter of offer (from the University of Alberta) must list:

  • each department for which the PDF will carry out activities
  • each set of duties, pay arrangements and periods of training/employment
  • how each set of activities is related to the field in which the PDF obtained his/her PhD
  • how each set of activities is teaching, advanced study or research

Providing Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) determines that both sets of activities meet requirements, a single work permit will be issued. The PDF will be permitted to train in each department.

Scenario 2
If, at the outset, the intent is to have a PDF carry out activities for a single department, but once here, another department wishes to appoint him/her to perform duties that are related to the PDF's field in which he/she obtained his/her PhD and; the work is teaching, advanced study or research, the second department would be required to write a letter of invitation offering the PDF the position. The letter would have to list:

  • that the activities would be in addition to the PDF's ongoing training with the original department
  • the duties, pay arrangement and duration of employment with the second department
  • how the duties with the second department relate to the field in which the PDF obtained his/her PhD
  • how the duties with the second department involve teaching, advanced study or research

The PDF could continue training with the original department. However, he/she would have to apply for, and receive an amended work permit before beginning work for the second department as well.

Scenario 3
If, at the outset, the intent is to have a PDF carry out activities for a single department, but once here, either that department or another department wishes to hire him/her to perform duties that are
NOT related to the PDF's field in which he/she obtained his/her PhD and; the work is NOT teaching, advanced study or research, the PDF would have to apply for an additional work permit.

The foreign PDF could continue training for the original department, while awaiting the additional work permit. However, the additional work permit would have to be received before he/she could begin working for either the original department or the second department.