Want An Intra-Company Transfer? Here’s a To-Do List

An Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) is the secondment of an employee within the same company to a foreign country. The main purpose of ICT is to fill a skills shortage in the host country. For example, if a company needs a specialist in a certain area, they may send an employee from their head office with the required skills and experience. If you’re thinking of applying for an intra-company transfer in Canada, there are a few things you need to do first. Here’s a checklist of what you need to take care of before starting the process.

A Job Offer

To qualify for an ICT, you must have a valid job offer from a Canadian company related to your current employer. The job offer must be for a position at the same skill level or higher than your current role and must be made by the Canadian company before applying for your ICT.

LMIA Approval

Your potential Canadian employer will need a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada to hire you. The assessment calculates the impact of hiring you on the Canadian labour market.

Make Sure You Meet The Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an ICT, you must:

  • have been working for your company for at least one year before applying
  • be currently employed by your company
  • have a valid work permit
  • be applying for a work permit that is valid for the same length of time as your current work permit
  • be applying to work in a position that is considered skilled (NOC 0, A, or B)
  • be applying to work in a position that is similar to the one you currently hold

Work Permit Application

To apply for an ICT, you must submit a work permit application along with all the required supporting documents. You will need to include the following documents with your application:

  • a copy of your valid passport
  • a copy of your current work permit
  • a letter from your employer confirming your job offer
  • the ESDC LMIA confirmation number
  • evidence that you meet the eligibility requirements listed above

In addition to the documents listed above, you will also need to gather several other supporting documents to include with your application. These documents may include:

  • proof of your educational qualifications
  • proof of your work experience
  • a copy of your resume
  • any other documents that may help to support your application

Once you have gathered the required documents, you can submit your application online or by mail. If you submit your application online, you must create an account with the Canadian Government’s Online Immigration System. 

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Pay The Application Fee

To complete your application, you will need to pay the applicable fees. The fees for an ICT application are as follows:

The list was updated on May 3rd, 2021

  • the work permit processing fee of CAD$155
  • the biometrics fee of CAD$85 (if you are from a country that requires biometrics)
  • Employer compliance fee: CAD230

Wait For A Decision On Your Application

Once your application is submitted, you will need to wait for a decision. The processing time for an ICT application is typically around 4-8 weeks.

If your application is approved, you will receive a work permit valid for the same length of time as your current work permit. You can then begin working for your new employer in Canada. If your application is refused, you will be notified of the reasons for the refusal, and you will have the opportunity to appeal the decision.

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How Can Intra-Company Transfer In Canada Benefit Your Career?

An ICT can help you advance your career in several ways. First, it can allow you to gain experience working in Canada, which can make your resume more attractive to Canadian employers in the future. Second, it can help you develop new skills and knowledge that you can use in your current or future roles. Finally, an ICT can help you build a network of professional contacts in Canada, which can benefit your career development.

How Can An Immigration Lawyer Help?

An experienced immigration lawyer can help you to prepare your application and increase your chances of success. An immigration lawyer will help you understand the eligibility requirement and assess your qualifications. An immigration lawyer can also help if your application is refused. They will be able to review the reasons for the refusal and advise you on whether or not you have grounds to appeal the decision. These lawyers know the ins and outs of the ICT program and can help make the process as smooth as possible for you.

Immigration process

Looking to get some help with your intra-company transfer process? You’ve come to the right place! Nanda & Associate Lawyers‘ team of immigration lawyers can guide you through the immigration process. The firm can help you submit the paperwork and file for an immigration appeal.

Reach out to them for more information.

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