Work for a company with a parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate in Canada. You may be able to secure a Canadian work permit through the Intra-company transfer program.
Approved applicants through the Intra-company transfer program obtain a temporary work permit. Work experience gained as an intra-company transferee in Canada may be a springboard to permanent residence in Canada, as Canadian work experience is highly valued under Canada's points-based immigration system.
Accompanying family members may also join the foreign worker in Canada, with the spouse or common-law partner of the intra-company transferee able to work in Canada on an open work permit.
Employers bringing international staff to Canada as intra-company transferees are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
For this reason, the process can be quicker, simpler, and more cost-effective than the LMIA route. In addition, qualified intra-company transferees provide 'significant economic benefit to Canada' by transferring their skills and expertise to the Canadian labour market.
Employees may apply to get an ICT work permit if they:
Also, to be eligible to work in Canada under the Intra-Company Transfer program, foreign workers must fall into one of three defined categories:
In all cases, workers being transferred to Canada must have at least one year of full-time work experience with the foreign enterprise and be coming to Canada to perform comparable work. There must be a qualifying relationship between the employer and employee for a work permit to be issued.
Intra-company transferees are often in a solid position to become permanent residents of Canada, should they wish to do so. Permanent residents can reside and work in any location in Canada.
There may also be options to transition to a permanent residence outside the Express Entry system, such as through one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
Ultimately, some people who begin working in Canada as intra-company transferees may become naturalized Canadian citizens. This step comes after the granting of permanent residence.
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