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October 28, 2019

【For transferring between enterprises, a much easier option to a Work Permit is the Canada Intra-Company Transferee Work Permit compared to local hired】

This option is definitely to be considered for those planning on transferring over to Canada or have a company outside of Canada and are a prospective applicant for PR.

The Work Permit for Local Hires (commonly referred to as: Work Visa) accompanies the stressful LMIA(Labour Market Impact Assessment).

On the other hand, the Intra-Company Transferee Work Permit is a special Work Permit that is regarded with value to Canada that exempts LMIA.  No eligible applicants choose to forfeit this option. 

Let’s look at the benefits of this Intra-Company Transferee Work Permit: 

Get it quickly

You can get it faster than the LMIA which can take at least a few months to process. 

Get the application done in one shot at the airport

No longer do you have to wait for Service Canada to assess an LMIA. If you’re a transferee, you can apply for the Work Permit at any Canadian airport. If you choose to apply at the airport, it will be assumed that you are from a visa-exempt country. 

You can expect approximately 30 minutes- 2 hours of wait time from the time you apply to getting approved, depending on how busy the Canada Border Services Agency is. 

How to apply for a Work Permit at a Canadian airport 

no more competition with Canadian candidates

Canada gives priority to Canadians and Permanent Residents for available job opportunities. As such, LMIA for local hires and will first be assessed as to whether or not there already are those with the same qualifications to do the same job through advertising. There is at lease a one-month time period where other potential candidates need to be recruited. 

With the Intra-Company Work Permit, transferees are exempt from having to be part of this advertising process. 

Minimal burden on the company

The company can be exempt from submitting their tax documents from Canada Revenue Agency and the 10+ pages of an LMIA application form. 

Exempt from a mandatory phone interview for LMIA

When coming with the Intra-Company Work Permit, what is needed for LMIA#3 and an interview for those recruited by advertisers will no longer be needed. 

Lower Fees

Lower government processing fees, lower legal fees

Applying for Intra-Company Transferee does not cost as much as the LMIA. 

The legal fees to consult with a professional is usually lower as well. 

There also are advantages to the LMIA

Once you get the LMIA, you can immediately get 50 or 200 (depending on profession) additional points for Express Entry, which is needed for applying for the Permeant Residence application.

On the other hand, you can get the same addition in points by working after one year when you hold an Intra-company Transferee Work Permit. 

Related Information:

Must see before considering LMIA! Comparing the pros and cons of applying for different types of Work Permit

Are you planning to work in Canada?

Tips for Intra-company Transferees Work Permit application and interview at airport

Intra-company Transferee Work Permit for Start-up companies(Please consult this link if establishing a new branch or subsidiary)  

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