Arriving from outside Newfoundland and Labrador or Canada
- Immigration: If you are a Postdoctoral Fellow who neither holds Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident status in Canada, you must apply for a work permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
- Study permits: School-age children of faculty members entering Canada on a work permit are not required to have a student permit. However children of Postdoctoral Fellows on a work permit, who will be attending a post-secondary institution, are required to obtain a study permit. Please see Citizenship and Immigration Canada for more info. Applications for student permits should be submitted with the application for employment authorization.
- Spousal work permits: Spouses of Postdoctoral Fellows are normally permitted to work in Canada. Helpful information is available from this Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. Application for employment authorization can be made from within Canada.
- Finding a home: Memorial does not engage the services of one particular real estate company, however the University does manage an Off-Campus Housing Office that has a listing of apartments and rooms for rent. Information on rental accommodation may be found through the local paper The Telegram and through real estate agents.
- Landlord/tenant agreements: The Department of Government Services, Newfoundland & Labrador provides information on rental agreements, residential tenancies, termination notices and Frequently Asked Questions about renting accommodations.
- Property insurance: Whether renting or buying, it is considered advisable to have either tenant or homeowner insurance to protect property against theft, fire, or natural disaster. The yellow pages of the telephone directory or the local Yellow Pages website will yield a variety of choices.
- Settling in St. John’s: You may wish to consult the City of St. John’s website for information on neighbourhoods, cost of living, city services, and utilities. For information about the sights and sounds of the province visit this tourism website, an invaluable guide on what to see in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Education in Newfoundland and Labrador: The Department of Education website contains information about education in the province from early childhood learning and kinderstart, and kindergarten to post-secondary. Note that the sidebar on K-12 contains links to a comprehensive overview of the Newfoundland school system, including Distance Education, French language education, home schooling, and private schools. The website for the NL English School District, which represents all English speaking students and schools in the province, includes information on the calendar, schools in your neighbourhood, the feeder system, wheelchair accessibility, French immersion program, and other pertinent information.
- Childcare: Memorial runs the Childcare Centre for the children of students, faculty, and staff of the university with remaining spaces available to the general public. The facility has 4 self-contained childcare centres, Toddler, Pre-School Part-time, Pre-school full-time, and the Activity Centre which provides Kindercare and After-school care. St. John’s also has many other daycares and education facilities for children age 2 and older. View a list of daycares and preschools in the St. John’s area, as well as Mount Pearl, Paradise, Conception Bay South, and Goulds.