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Intra-Company Transfer

Intra company transfer Canada allows you to transfer your employees from outside to your company’s branch, affiliate, subsidiary or parent in Canada. This is also known as a C12 LMIA exempt work permit. 

Intra Company Transfer Canada

If you are a business owner, you may be able to open a branch or subsidiary of your company in Canada, and in doing so transfer yourself or your employees to Canada through an intracompany transfer work permit. Your employees can continue to work for you for 5-7 years, depending on whether they’re executive, senior managers or specialists. 

Intra company transfer is not something unique to Canada. In USA for example, this is known as the L1 visa, in UK it is now called the Senior or Specialist worker visa, in Australia it is known as Intra-Corporate Transfer. Intracompany transfer is based on the international trade agreements between Canada other countries and is a tried and tested process that has existed for a very long time. That’s why it is a very viable option for employers to bring in foreign employees without having to go through the complicated LMIA process.

Processing time for intra-company transfer

The processing time for intra company transfer work permit varies by the visa office the application is being processed at. To check these processing times, visit this link on IRCC’s website.

Key Requirements for ICT

Documents required from the employer for ICT

The employer is responsible for submitting specific documents on behalf of the employee to be transferred, including:

  • Confirmation of employment documents like employment letters and pay slips, detailing the employee’s current job title and duties.
  • An organizational chart displaying the employee’s position within the company, especially crucial for senior managers and executives.
  • Confirmation of the employee’s continuous full-time employment for at least one year within the last three years.
  • Statement regarding the intended duration of the employee’s stay in Canada.
  • Job offer details, including the position and duties for the role the employee is being transferred for.

Key Criteria of intra company transfer from the Employee’s Perspective

To qualify for an ICT, the employee must have been employed by the parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate in Canada for at least one year on a full-time basis within the previous three years, in a similar position held with the company outside Canada. Furthermore, the employee must be capable of transferring back to the foreign company upon completion of their assignment in Canada. Citizenship from any country is acceptable for the applicant.

For further details, read this blog.


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