Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has issued a new
guidance to immigration officers advising them that documented time
spent by Intra-Company Transferees (ICTs) outside Canada during the
period their work permits are valid can be "recaptured"
to allow ICTs to work in Canada for the full length of their
permits as calculated by their physical presence in Canada.
Under current regulations and guidelines, after ICTs reach their
maximum work permit duration (five years for specialized knowledge
workers, seven years for executives and managers), they are
required to complete one year of full-time employment in the
company outside Canada before they can re-apply as an ICT.
Under the new guidance, time spent outside Canada, that is
documented, can be "recaptured", i.e., will not count
against the maximum time limit the ICT may work in Canada. ICTs
will therefore be permitted to work in Canada for the full length
of their permits as calculated by their physical presence in
For further information on the rules and requirements applicable
to Intra-Company Transferees under CIC's Temporary Foreign
Worker Program, please contact the immigration law specialists at
Green and Spiegel LLP.
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