ICT Program Lawyers in Toronto Providing Legal Assistance to Applicants Hoping to Obtain Work Permits
Although Canada remains a popular destination for family life and business, the labor market has fallen under strain in recent years. This new strain is due to several factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic and a declining birth rate nationwide. While the immigration process can be as tricky as ever, the country is more welcoming to new, young workers and foreign businesses than perhaps ever before.
There are many avenues by which foreign workers may find a way to come to Canada and do business. Provided that a foreign company already has a presence in Canada (such as a factory or office), it may be eligible to transfer employees to the country through the Intra-company transferee (ICT) program.
The International Mobility Program (IMP) is a government program that assists Canadian employers with hiring foreign workers to meet their workforce’s needs. These foreign employees can then temporarily work and reside in Canada, helping the Canadian economy, the business, and the employee. ICT is just one of several programs available via IMP.
An Intra-company Transfer visa streamlines the process for employees coming to Canada, bypassing the need to apply for the Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This makes the process faster and easier for everyone involved.
However, not everyone qualifies for the ICT program, and standing out from other strong candidates can be challenging. That’s why it’s recommended that you work with legal representatives who have experience helping clients through the ICT application process. The law firm of Loft Immigration Services Inc has over a decade of experience serving clients in Canada’s complex immigration system. Please get in touch with our Greater Toronto-based law offices today to schedule your free initial consultation, where we can go over your case in more detail.
What Are the Benefits of Intra-Company Transfers?
Although there are plenty of other options for foreign workers coming to Canada, intra-company transfers have numerous benefits, including:
- A transferee can bring their family when they move to Canada for work.
- An ICT worker can eventually apply for permanent residency or Canadian citizenship.
- Common law partners of the transferees can obtain work permits.
- The processing time from application to approval is typically shorter than most Canadian work visa programs.
- The transferee is automatically eligible for Canada’s first-rate free healthcare.
- The young children of a transferee can get a free education in Canada’s public schools up until high school.
- There is the potential to transfer other skilled employees to Canada for job openings.
- There is no minimum investment requirement for immigrating investors.
- While the ICT workers are encouraged to live and work in Canada, there are no set physical presence requirements.
Who Can Apply for the Canadian ICT Program?
Immigrant workers are broken up into three separate categories for ICT consideration.
Executives and senior-level managers are valuable in ensuring that foreign companies run smoothly in Canada. Executives are entrusted with directing the business toward its desired goals, answering only to higher-level executives, shareholders, and members of the board. Senior-level managers are responsible for supervising the work of other managers, forepersons, and employees.
Functional managers oversee other managerial staff and their employees. Their goal is to ensure that the company’s day-to-day functions run smoothly on the ground.
Workers with specialized knowledge may not be managerial staff members but are nonetheless vital team members. These workers bring special skills and knowledge in service, research, technique, engineering, and company policy.
What Are the Basic Requirements to Qualify for an Intra-Company Transferee in Canada?
The requirements for intra-company transfers depend on the category of the transferee. Generally speaking; however, a foreign worker employed by an international business with offices or warehouses in Canada may apply for an ICT visa.
Those coming to work in Canada with ‘specialized knowledge’ may have a more difficult time applying for ICT than company executives. Senior-level managers and executives may apply for the ICT program without there even being a street address for their company in Canada, so long as they show a genuine intent to furnish and staff the operation in due time.
If you are unsure of whether or not you qualify, please speak with our legal team for assistance.
What is the Anticipated ICT Visa Processing Time?
An ICT application’s average processing time is between two weeks and three months. However, certain countries experience far longer wait times.
Thankfully, there are priority options that can speed up the process dramatically. Please get in touch with our law firm to determine whether you qualify for priority processing. Our immigration lawyers would be happy to provide legal guidance.
How Long Are ICTs Valid, and Can They Be Renewed?
ICT permit duration depends on a few variables, including to whom they were issued. Intra-company transferees of start-up companies will only receive a work visa that’s good for one year. In contrast, executives and senior-level managers of established companies can obtain ICT permits good for seven years. Other categories of workers fall somewhere in between.
To learn about renewing your ICT, please get in touch with our law firm to discuss your immigration case with a member of our legal team.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with Experienced Immigration Lawyers Today
Loft Immigration Services, Inc. has over a decade of experience assisting foreign workers and executives coming to Canada. While the ICT program is a streamlined version of business immigration, it is by no means a simple process with guaranteed success. However, our law firm has a long track record of success helping clients achieve their goals in business immigration, and we feel confident we will be able to assist you during this process.
Please contact our Greater Toronto law office to schedule your no-obligation free consultation. 647-495-3724.