The intra-company transferee category is part of the international mobility program. The intra-company transferee allows global companies with subsidiaries in Canada to transfer high-skilled employees to Canada temporarily. To communicate their expertise to Canadian firms, thus enhancing management efficiency, expanding Canadian exports, and improving Canadian competitiveness in international markets.
Qualified Intra-company transferees require work permits; however, they are exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). These highly skilled workers provide economic benefits to Canada by transferring their knowledge and proficiency to Canadian companies.
Intra-Company transfer eligibility
- At the transfer, the foreign employee must have been employed for the foreign company continuously at a similar position for at least one year on a full-time basis (minimum of 30 hours). Only high skilled positions such as executives, senior managers, functional managers, and specialized knowledge workers who will be transferred into a similar role in Canada can qualify for this category.
- Foreign Company – Must be a legitimate, registered company, conducting business on a regular, systematic, and continuous basis by providing goods or services. The company must be in operation for at least 1.5 years or longer.
- Association between the foreign company and Canadian entity must be a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate relationship.
- Canadian company must be a legal corporation conducting business or will conduct business (start-up company).
Applying for Intra-Company Transfer work permit – LMIA exempt
Intra-company transfer work permit varies based on the county of the nationality of the transferee. Foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries can apply for their work permit at the port of entry; all others must apply online.
Transition to permanent residence for intra-company transferees
Intra-company transferees are often strong candidates to become permanent residents in Canada. After one year, intra-company transferee can use their Canadian work experience gained on Intra-company permits to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry.
Together with a valid job offer, the foreign national can increase their CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score by 50 or 200 points, thus increasing their chance of being selected from the Express Entry pool of applicants.
Intra-company work permit duration
Executives and Senior Managers – up to 7 years
Specialized knowledge workers – up to 5 years
Should the foreign national wish to re-apply for intra-company transferee after reaching their maximum work permit duration, they must complete at least one year of full-time employment at the company outside Canada.
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