Canada Intra-Company Transfer Visa (ICT)
Canada has a program called the International Mobility Program that allows high-skilled foreign workers to temporarily work in Canada as an Intra-Company Transferee or other known as the ICT Canada.
If an international company has a location within Canada that company can apply to have any of their employees transferred to the Canada location. Applying for an Intra-Company Transfer visa allows the company and employee to avoid applying for an LMIA since this is an LMIA-exempt work permit.
Qualified intra-company transferees require work permits and are exempted from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). They provide significant economic benefits to Canada by transferring their expertise to Canadian businesses.
General Requirements for Intra Company Transfer Canada
The following are the General Requirements to qualify for an Intra Company Transfer Visa Canada:
You are currently employed by an international company and seeking entry to Canada in a parent, subsidiary, branch, or an affiliate of that company.
You are transferring to a company that has a qualifying relationship (see below) and will be undertakign employment at a legitimate and continuing establishment of that company
You are being transferred to a position in an executive, senior managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity.
You have been employed continously (proved through payroll or other form) by the company that plans to transfer them outside Canada in a similar full-time position for at least one year in the three-yearperiod immediately preceding the date of initial application.
You are coming to Canada for a temporary period only.
You comply with all the immigration requirements for temporary entry
Company Requirements for Intra Company Transfer
Generally, the company must secure physical premises to house the Canadian operation, particularly in the case of specialized knowledge. However, in specific cases involving senior managers or executives, it would be acceptable that the address of the new start-up not yet be secured; for example, the company may use its counsel’s address until the executive can purchase or lease a premise.
The company must furnish realistic plans to staff the new operation.
The company must have the financial ability to commence business in Canada and compensate employees.
When transferring executives or managers, the company must
- demonstrate that it will be large enough to support executive or management function.
When transferring a specialized knowledge worker, the company must
- demonstrate that it is expected to be doing business;
- ensure that work is guided and directed by management at the Canadian operation.
Canada ICT Visa Processing Time
Intra Company Transfer Canada Processing Time: 2 – 10 weeks
The average time for the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) is 2 to 10 weeks but there are priority processing options. Those who are qualified for the 2-week processing time will get the Intra-Company Transfer visa within 2 weeks. This priority processing option is for visa-exempt countries (biometrics processing is not included in these 2 weeks).
How Long is the Intra-Company Transfer Visa Valid?
The Intra-Company Transfer work permit is valid for one year. If you want to renew the work permit through Intra-Company Transfer you must provide evidence that:
The Canadian and foreign companies still have a qualifying relationship
The new office has engaged in the continuous provisions of goods or services for the past year
The new office has been staffed.
Can Intra Company Transfer apply for PR in Canada?
Yes, eventually a person who is working in Canada under the ICT can apply for Canada PR.
Does Intra Company Transfer need LMIA?
Can ICT visa be transferred to another company?
You can update your active visa with a new job if it is with the same employer but if you wish to change employers then you will need to reapply for an ICT.