Intra-Company Transfer Work Visa is a visa acquired through Canadian International Mobility Program which are exempt from the requirement of obtain a Positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Although LMIA-exempt, workers and employers who utilize the Intra-Company Transfer program must comply with all provisions governing temporary work in Canada, including obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa.
In three years immediately preceding the date of the initial application, transferees must have been employed with the foreign enterprise continuously for at least one year, in a full-time position similar to the position they will be occupying at the Canadian business. The Canadian business will also have to demonstrate a qualifying relationship with its foreign counterpart. Work in Canada must fall under one of three following functions:
- Executives and Senior Managers
- Executive: An employee who primarily directs the management of the enterprise or a major component thereof.
- Senior Manager: An employee who manages all or part of the enterprise and supervises/controls the work of other managers or professional employees.
- Functional Managers
- An employee who manages a function that is essential to achieving the company’s goals, but does not necessarily manage employees.
- Specialized Knowledge
- An employee who can demonstrate specialized knowledge, which in turn means knowledge at an advanced level of expertise and proprietary knowledge of the enterprise’s products, services, processes and procedures.