WORK PERMIT EXEMPTION
When foreign visitors come to Canada for research work, they have to apply for a work permit. However, under a certain public policy, IFMSA-Québec's incomings are admissible for an exemption of this work permit. This exemption is obtained at the port of entry of Canada, upon arrival to the Canadian airport, by showing the personalized Invitation Letter (written by the tutor) as a supportive document. We require all of the students to read the policy in question in order to understand what it implies and in order to be ready to answer to the immigration agents' questions: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/foreign-workers/researcher-exemption.html
MEDICAL EXAM EXEMPTION
Normally, foreign visitors who come to Canada for work in hospitals need to undergo an medical examination (info HERE). As the research exchanges do not involve any contact with patients, this medical exam is NOT required. Thus, students will be exempted from this medical exam with, again, the help of the Invitation Letter (written by the tutor), which will clearly states that there will be no contact with patients.
Starting July 31, visitors will need to give your fingerprints and photos (biometrics) when they apply for a visitor visa, study or work permit, or permanent residence if they are from Europe, the Middle East or Africa.
It is unclear for the us if this is necessary for the students, so we highly suggest the students to get in touch with their Canadian embassies to get more information.
- Students WITH an American citizenship (passport):
- Students WITHOUT an American citizenship:
Should you need other documents for visa matters, please let us know as soon as possible.
1) IT IS THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THE NECESSARY FOR HIS/HER IMMIGRATION PROCEDURES.
IFMSA-Québec's exchange officers (LORE/NORE) are medical students
and NOT immigration agents
(thus not in legal position to give any advice regarding the immigration procedures). Note that if you send to LORE/NORE questions regarding the immigration, they will answer you based on their understanding of the information provided on the website of the Government of Canada. This does not guarantee you will have the right information, and might result in a refusal of your entry to Canada. To avoid this situation, we highly suggest you to direct your questions to the Canadian embassy of your country.
You can find information about your Canadian embassy HERE
Please note that the Canadian requirements and policies regarding the immigration are subject to change at ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR
. It is not guaranteed that the information given above will not change, but if it does, the students will be notified by IFMSA-Québec's LORE/NORE.****