Intra-company transfer work permits provide an excellent opportunity for businesses to either expand into the Canadian market or to send employees to Canada for temporary project work or temporary relocation. This work permit category applies to businesses of all sizes and types.
In order to qualify for an intra-company transfer work permit, three criteria must be met:
In most cases, applicants from TRV-exempt countries may apply for their intra-company transfer work permit directly at a Canadian port-of-entry or pre-clearance facility. In this situation, the application will be decided on the spot, thereby eliminating otherwise lengthy processing times.
One of the greatest benefits to the intra-company transfer category is the length of time this type of work permit may be valid for. Executives/senior managers holding intra-company transfer work permits may enter and work in Canada for a cumulative/maximum total of seven years, and specialized knowledge workers for up to five years. Employees entering to open a new office or entering on a periodic basis are only eligible for an initial Intra-Company Transfer work permit of one year.
It is important to thoroughly evaluate your situation to determine if the Intra-Company Transfer work permit is the appropriate choice for you or your employees. The three factors described above are rigorously defined and applied by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, so every application must be meticulously prepared and presented.
A consultation with a Bomza Law Group immigration lawyer will help you to determine eligibility and to devise the most effective strategy to obtain an intra-company transfer work permit.
For further information with respect to US and Canadian immigration or to find out if you or a company employee is eligible for temporary or permanent relocation to Canada or the US, we invite you to contact our experienced immigration lawyers and attorneys by contacting the Bomza Law Group at:
1-800-993-9971 or by clicking here: “Contact Us”.