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Graduate Visiting Research Student
Graduate Visiting Research Students (VRS) are admitted as a full-time student to SFU to foster the exchange of ideas, receive specialized training and participate in research collaboration. Graduate students enrolled as a VRS at Simon Fraser University are eligible to undertake research and receive specialized training under the supervision of a SFU faculty supervisor typically for one term (agreement length may vary). VRS have access to University resources and services including but not limited SFU libraries, labs, email services and ISS services.
Admissions for Graduate Visiting Research Students (VRS) are now open.
How to Apply
This template can only be downloaded and completed by an SFU faculty member who has agreed to be your supervisor.
These documents should be sent together to the graduate program that the faculty member belongs to. The graduate program will follow up internally within SFU for the necessary review and approvals.
Conducting research for 120 days or less
Visiting research students may come to Canada under visitor status for which a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will be required, depending on the country of citizenship.
However, we encourage visiting research students to apply for a study permit or work permit if there is a possibility of extending their stay in Canada — having a valid study or work permit can make the extension process easier.
Conducting research for more than 120 days
Depending on the details of your visit, you may require either a study permit or a work permit.
A work permit is required if you are:
- Receiving remuneration or a research award specific to this visit (either from SFU or elsewhere), or
- Performing work for your SFU supervisor, even if unpaid (for example: joining their lab, doing collaborative research, or directly contributing to research projects at SFU).
If you require a work permit, please contact email@example.com to assess your eligibility and for assistance with the application process.
A study permit may be appropriate if you are:
- Self-funded (i.e. you are not receiving any award or funding for your visit), and
- Working solely on your own project (e.g. thesis or dissertation) under the supervision of an SFU faculty member
Visiting duration of six months or less
If your visit will be six months or less in duration, you may study without a study permit. However, we do advise that you apply for a study permit if there is a possibility you will want to extend your stay. A valid study permit along with full-time enrollment in GRAD 800 will also allow you to legally work on campus at SFU during your visit. For details on the study permit application process, visit the International Services for Students (ISS) website.