Western International

Visiting Research Only Students

I am an international student wishing to visit Western University to conduct research

Please explore our research areas of excellence and contact the laboratory or department of interest to you.

I wish to invite an international undergraduate or graduate student to Western

Please explore this website for important information, resources and forms. If you have questions about this process, contact iesc-immig@uwo.ca

I would like to invite a postgraduate researcher to Western

Please contact the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) for postdoctoral fellows, or the Office of Faculty Relations for visiting professors/lecturers and self-funded academic researchers.

Mihaela Harmos, SGPS mharmos@uwo.ca
Jennifer Holburn, Office of Faculty Relations Jennifer.Holburn@uwo.ca
Connie Zrini, Office of Faculty Relations czrini@uwo.ca

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) considers research activities as “work,” and have clarified that visiting international student scholars conducting research must qualify for employment authorization in order to conduct research only on campus, as either a visiting undergraduate student (VUGS) or a visiting graduate student (VGS).

There are two possible employment authorization streams for these students:

Self funded researchers Research Award Recipients

1. Self-funded academic researcher (visitor status)      2. Research award recipient (work permit)

Please note that Visiting Research Only (VRO) students no longer qualify for study permits unless they are the recipient of an award or scholarship offered by Global Affairs Canada.

Please also note that the existence of an exchange or research collaboration agreement is an important factors to consider when inviting a VRO student to campus. Please advise Western International of same prior to preparing the documents required.

Please note that Visiting Research Only (VRO) students no longer qualify for study permits unless they are the recipient of an award or scholarship offered by Global Affairs Canada.

All prospective Visiting Research Only students coming to Western:

Please note that because tuition and ancillary fees do not apply, VRO students are not eligible for a Western Campus Recreation membership or an LTC bus pass through the USC or SOGS. VRO students interested in these services must contact Western Campus Recreation and the London Transit Commission (LTC) privately.

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If you have questions about Visiting Research Only students, please contact iesc-immig@uwo.ca