Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) route enables international
companies with a presence in Canada to transfer their existing
employees to their Canadian location.
There are 3 sub-categories within the ICT program:
Executives – occupy the highest levels of
a company's management structure, and are integral to the
organization's international leadership. Executives establish
the goals and priorities of the organization and receive only
general supervision from higher level executives.
Senior Managers – manage the organization
or a large function of the organization. They supervise the work of
other supervisory or managerial employees and exercise discretion
over day-to-day operations.
Specialized Knowledge Workers – possess
skills, expertise, and company knowledge that is integral to the
functioning of an organization. Applicants must demonstrate special
knowledge of the Canadian enterprise's product, equipment,
service or management or an advanced level of knowledge in the
organization's processes and procedures.
An employee must have been working
for the company in a similar capacity for at least one-year.
The proposed employee must be offered
a salary in Canada that meets or exceeds the "prevailing
wage" for their occupation.
The Canadian business will have to
demonstrate a qualifying relationship with its foreign counterpart
– e.g. parent, subsidiary, branch or affiliate.
ICT Start-Up Visa
The ICT Start-Up visa program is a great option for
international companies seeking to establish a presence in North
Foreign businesses wishing to establish a Canadian enterprise
may use the
ICT Start-Up Visa program to bring key workers to the country
to open a new office and begin doing business.
When applying for an
ICT Start-Up visa, applicants must demonstrate their
company's ability to become established in Canada. They will
have to provide evidence of their ability to finance start-up
operations, as well as outline plans for staffing and doing
business in Canada. Applicants must prove that they are in the
process of securing physical premises.
It is important to demonstrate that those individuals who are
transferred to Canada are truly a benefit to the Canadian economy,
and that they possess critical knowledge that is essential to
The ICT program is a popular option for international
businesses, as it enables companies to quickly address their
staffing needs and global expansion plans.
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