Intra-Company Transfers Program is often used by International Companies/corporations and organisations to transfer some of their employees to Canadian branch, subsidiary, parent or affiliate. Thus avoiding the need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Confirmation (previously called Labour Market Opinion (LMO)) from the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada. Intra-Company Transfers may allow foreign workers to quickly obtain work permits/work visas.
Foreign company/corporation/organisation may transfer their foreign workers to Canada under the Intra-Company Transfer provisions of the Canadian immigration law. In addition, such company/corporation/organisation must meet the requirements for such Intra-Company Transfers.
Generally, a foreign company/corporation/organisation may be able to transfer the following categories of its workers to Canada:
- Senior Executives or Managers;
- Specialized Knowledge Workers.
If a foreign company/corporation/organisation cannot transfer its staff to Canada under Intra-Company Transfer, then it should consider obtaining another type of work permit for its employees, and in such case Government of Canada may require to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), unless it can use another LMIA exempt category.