Intra-Company Transferee Work Permit can be your pathway to permanent residency
Posted on April 1, 2021
With travel restrictions still in place due to the current pandemic situation, immigrants who wish to move to Canada for work on an Intra-Company Transferee Work Permit Application under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) is for employees who work for a company with a qualifying relationship with a Canadian firm, such as a subsidiary, affiliate, parent, or branch. Employers in Canada do not need an LMIA to hire employees through this scheme.
The foreign worker must have worked for the company for a minimum of one year. He must have either worked in a managerial role or show that they have advanced and proprietary knowledge of the business or its products.
Gaining a work permit in Canada will help the individual gain work experience in Canada which will work to their advantage when they apply for permanent residence.
Another advantage of this work permit is that the applicants for this work permit need not apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) before making their application. This is good because getting the LMIA can be a difficult process and the opportunity to do away with this step is good news for employers and the Intra company transfer applicants.
Spousal Open Work Permit for Intra Company transferee work permit holders
For Intra-Company Transferee Work Permit holders who wish to bring their families to Canada, they can apply for a
Spousal Open Work Permit and if they have dependent children (age 21 and under), they can either apply forVisitor Records or Study Permits based on their age so that they canaccompany their family member to Canada.
With the spousal work permit, the spouse or partner is eligible to work for any employer during the validity period of the work permit.
The Intra-Company Transferee Work Permits will be valid for a maximum period of 3 years, and can be extended up to seven years.with the possibility of extending the Work Permit in 2-year increments, up to a maximum of 7 years.
Way to permanent residency
The Intra-Company Transferee Work Permit holder can come to Canada on a temporary basis and then apply for a PR visa under any of the various pathways and improve their chances based on their Canadian work experience.
The Intra-Company Transferee work permit can be a pathway to permanent residency in Canada while it allows to gain the initial entry into Canada.