As part of a collaboration program between Canadian fund agencies for science and my Institution, several Cuban researchers have been invited to work in different Canadian Universities. These are short-term visits (no more than 3 months) with clear research objectives, mutually beneficial, that are not going to be paid by any Canadian organization. The fund agencies will provide daily living allowances to these researches that is not a wage, commission or any type of remuneration for the work that is intended to be done in the Universities. The embassy granted visitor visas without a problem and they say they can also grant WX-1 visas since this is a specific, unpaid, reciprocal employment that will not compete with Canadian citizens.
However, the Universities are requiring the visiting scholars to apply for a work permit in order to carry out their activities. We have explicitly asked if the WX-1 is enough for that and they dont seem to know the difference between a work permit and a worker visa. Do you know if these are internal regulations from the Universities or if this type of worker visa is enough for doing this kind of job?
I understand that the issue here can be due to Universities' internal regulations that has nothing to do with the immigration authorities, but it seems more complicated and longer to get the work permits instead of the WX-1 visas.