As a guest speaker and lecturer, do I need a Canadian work permit?
If you are involved in a presentation for up to five days, you do not need a work permit to speak in Canada. You may need a visa, though, if you come from one of the following countries. See the Citizenship and Immigration site at the link below.
However, you will not need a work permit. I suggest that the following documents be presented on entry to prove you are a guest speaker:
- Your valid passport
- A resume outlining your publications and accomplishments
- A copy of your diploma
- A copy of your rental agreement where you presently reside
- A copy of your utility bills pertinent to your leased premises
- A copy of your pay stub showing what you earn on a monthly or bi-monthly basis
- A copy of your filed income tax return
- A copy of a bank statement showing that you have sufficient funds ($5,000 – $10,000 in a retirement plan or a savings)
- A letter of invitation from the institution or business which invited you indicating the length of your presentation and the fact that they are hiring you in your capacity as a lecturer to make a presentation and the reasons for that presentation. The letter can contain the honorarium or remuneration paid if that has been negotiated.
- A copy of your return ticket to your home country.
All of this documentation can be used to support your entry without a work permit for the speaking engagement.
For further information on lecturers involved in such short term engagements, see the following website:
by David Aujla