University of Manitoba - International Centre - Visiting Student Researchers or Interns
Visiting Student Researchers or Interns

Visiting International Student Researchers/Interns (VSR/VISRI) are students at other international institutions who come to the University of Manitoba, at the invitation of a faculty member, in order to conduct research. These visitors:

  • Are not enrolled in any courses at the U of M
  • Are conducting research work at the U of M, which is usually intended to fulfill their degree program requirements at their home university 
  • May be paid by scholarship programs available through their home country government or the Canadian government
  • For further information please contact jayne.booth@umanitoba.ca

If you would like to invite a Visiting Student Researcher or Intern, you will need to follow the steps below to enable them obtain a labour market impact exemption work permit. Please begin early: processing time is a minimum of three weeks for the LMIA exemption.  Work permit processing time will vary, but can take months.

All Visiting Student Researchers or Interns must register with the International Centre prior to arrival, regardless of immigration status (procedure below). The International Centre will provide them with Library and IST access, as well as other arrival supports.  

If the student is an Academic Award Holder

  • Submit the following to jayne.booth@umanitoba.ca:
    • Complete the letter of invite (IV.9) found here 
    • Student’s’ scholarship award letter
    • A completed CIC document found here (docx)
  • After these documents are received in fully completed form, you will be sent a labour market impact assessment (LMIA) number.
  • Submit the LMIA exemption number to the visiting student. The student will use this when applying for their work permit.
  • Request that the student complete and submit a Release and Indemnification form (IV9.a) to you before coming to campus. Store this waiver according to your department policy.
  • Once work permit is obtained, students must register with the International Centre so that we are aware they are on campus. This must be done prior to arriving on campus. Since visiting researchers are not students, the International Centre will help them to access:
    • A sponsored computer account 
    • A library card and access to online resources 
    • Information about living in Winnipeg 
    • Campus tours

If the student is eligible for International Experience Canada

  • Submit the following to jayne.booth@umanitoba.ca:
    • Complete the letter of invite (IV.9) found here
    • International Experience Canada invitation letter from the Government. 
    • A completed CIC document found here (docx)
    • After these documents are received in fully completed form, you will be sent a labour market impact assessment (LMIA) number. 
  • Submit the LMIA exemption number to the visiting student. The student will use this when applying for their work permit. 
  • Request that the student complete and submit a Release and Indemnification form (IV9.a) to you before coming to campus. Store this waiver according to your department policy.
  • Once work permit is obtained, students must register with the International Centre so that we are aware they are on campus. This must be done prior to arriving on campus. Since visiting researchers are not students, the International Centre will help them to access:
    • A sponsored computer account 
    • A library card and access to online resources 
    • Information about living in Winnipeg
    • Campus tours  

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP CONTACTS

Tara Cleve (On Leave)
Team Lead, Partnerships & Mobility
(204) 474-6836
tara.cleve@umanitoba.ca 

Asia & Oceania
Kennis Fung
International Partnership Officer
204-474-7691
kennis.fung@umanitoba.ca 

Europe
Anna Polonyi
International Partnership Officer
(204) 474-6835
anna.polonyi@umanitoba.ca 

Americas, Middle East & Africa
Cameron Zywina
International Partnership Officer
(204) 474-6418
cameron.zywina@umanitoba.ca