The intra-company transfer LMIA exemption allows international companies to temporarily transfer qualified employees to Canada for the purpose of improving management effectiveness, expanding Canadian exports, and enhancing competitiveness in overseas markets. Transferees are issued a work permit and later are usually in a strong position to obtain permanent residence in Canada.
If an applicant/business qualify under the intra-company transfer exemption, the applicant can apply for a work permit without obtaining an LMIA. Furthermore, the work permit is normally approved within 10 working days. This is considerably faster and easier than applying for an LMIA/work permit through the regular application process.
Intra-company transferees can obtain Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for a job offer without being issued a LMIA. This makes it possible for intra-company transferees to increase their CRS score, leading to an improved chance of being issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) via the express entry system. Provincial Nominee Programs are another option for permanent residence for intra-company transferees.
Are currently employed by a multi-national company and seeking entry to work in a parent,a subsidiary, a branch, or an affiliate of that enterprise.
Are transferring to an enterprise that has a qualifying relationship with the enterprise in which they are currently employed, and will be undertaking employment at a legitimate and continuing establishment of that company (where 18–24 months can be used as a reasonable minimum guideline).
Are being transferred to a position in an executive, senior managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity.
Have been employed continuously (via payroll or by contract directly with the company), by the company that plans to transfer them outside Canada in a similar full-time position (not accumulated part-time) for at least one year in the three-year period immediately preceding the date of initial application.
The initial duration of the work permit is one year. In order to renew the work permit evidence should be provided that:
The Canadian and foreign companies still have a qualifying relationship.
The new office has engaged in the continuous provision of goods or services for the past year the new office has been staffed.
In addition to making sure the application is complete there are three main areas where an RCIC can help.
Immigration Strategy and Option: An RCIC can advise you on the different options that are available to you to obtain permanent residence in Canada and explain the pros and cons of each option. It is important you choose the best immigration program from the start as this will likely save you time and money in the long run.
Professional Representation: If you do not have a representative assisting you then you will probably only submit the required documentation listed on the IRCC document checklist.Submitting only these documents may be enough to result in a favorable decision. However, submitting only those documents sometimes is not enough to make your case and to satisfy the visa officer you meet the requirements of the visa. Generally, it is wise to submit as much evidence as you can above and beyond the minimum required by IRCC. Your representative can assist you in preparing and submitting a strong application to IRCC by identifying the weaknesses in your application and advising you how to strengthen your application.
Submission letter: An RCIC will prepare and submit a submission letter on behalf of the applicant along with the application. The submission letter is an important part of the application which summarizes and more importantly demonstrates why you meet the requirements of the visa.
Review your information and develop a strategy to apply
Prepare and submit your visa application to IRCC
Act as your authorized representative to IRCC
Update you regularly on the status of your application.
If you want to apply for a work permit as an intra-company transferee we are here to help! Please complete our online assessment form or contact us and one of our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants will revert to you within 48 hours.