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All About Intra-Company Transfers

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A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern, Ksenia started her legal career at one of Canada’s top immigration firms, where she operated her own immigration law practice, with a focus on corporate and individual immigration applications.

The intra-company transfer category (“ICT”) allows international companies to temporarily transfer qualified employees to Canada, to improve the effectiveness of management, broaden Canadian interests, and improve the foreign company’s competitiveness in Canada. ICT work permits are LMIA exempt.

The entry of intra-company transferees is governed by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and if applicable, supplemented by provisions contained in international trade agreements for citizens of signatory countries.

How To Qualify For An Intra-Company Transfer

To qualify as an ICT, a foreign worker must meet the following criteria:

  • be currently employed by a multinational company and be seeking entry to work at a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate of that enterprise;
  • be transferred in an executive, senior managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity;
  • have been employed in a similar full-time position for a minimum of one year in the three years before coming to Canada; and
  • comply with all immigration requirements for temporary entry.

A foreign national who is a citizen of any country may apply for an ICT work permit, so long as the applicant meets the requirements; there are no nationality restrictions under this provision.

Are There Salary Requirements For ICT Workers?

There is no strict requirement for the foreign worker’s salary to be at or above the prevailing median NOC wage for the work location, but meeting this requirement is generally recommended.

ICT based work permit applications can be submitted for start-ups companies as well as fully operational Canadian entities.

Ksenia Tchern

A founding partner of Abramovich & Tchern, Ksenia started her legal career at one of Canada’s top immigration firms, where she operated her own immigration law practice, with a focus on corporate and individual immigration applications.