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Intra-Company Transfers: Pathways to PR in Canada

Updated: May 13

Intra-company transfer program is not a direct pathway to permanent residency in Canada, but here are some ways.

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Intra-Company Transfers: Pathways to PR in Canada

Canada is a land of opportunities, attracting skilled professionals from all over the world. One of the unique programs that Canada offers is the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) program. This program allows international companies to transfer employees from foreign branches to Canadian branches. But what happens after the transfer? Can these transferees apply for permanent residency? Let's explore.

The Intra-Company Transfer Program

The Intra-Company Transfer Program is part of the International Mobility Program. It allows multinational companies to temporarily transfer qualified employees to Canada to improve management effectiveness, expand Canadian exports, and enhance Canadian entities' competitiveness in overseas markets.

The transferred employees must fall under one of three categories: executives, senior managers, or workers with specialized knowledge. These individuals are granted work permits without requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Pathway to Permanent Residency

While the Intra-Company Transfer is not a direct pathway to permanent residency, it can open doors to various immigration programs, making it easier for transferees to transition to permanent status.

Express Entry

Express Entry is one of the primary systems used by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to manage applications for permanent residency. 

Skilled workers, including those who have been transferred to Canada under the Intra-Company Transfer program, can create an Express Entry profile where they are assigned points based on factors like age, education, work experience, and language proficiency. High-scoring profiles are then invited to apply for permanent residency.

Provincial Nominee Program

Another pathway is through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Each province or territory in Canada has its own set of criteria for its PNP, and many prioritize individuals already employed in the province. 

As such, Intra-company transferees working in Canada could be eligible to apply for a provincial nomination, which can then lead to permanent residency.

Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is another potential pathway for Intra-company transferees. This program is specifically designed for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience. Intra-company transferees who have worked in Canada for at least one year may be eligible to apply under this category.

Considering Permanent Residency? Chitra & Associates Can Help!

If you are contemplating transitioning from Intra-Company Transfer to Permanent Residency, you don't have to navigate the complexities alone.

Chitra & Associates is your expert guide in the world of immigration, known for their expertise in permanent residency applications. 

We have an enviable track record of successful applications and satisfied clients. 

Our team of Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) is equipped with a deep understanding of the regulations and prerequisites of various immigration programs, including the Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. 

Allow us to streamline your journey toward permanent residency in Canada, making the process less daunting and more manageable.


While the Intra-Company Transfer program does not directly lead to permanent residency, it provides a valuable stepping stone toward achieving that goal. By gaining Canadian work experience through the Intra-Company Transfer program, Intra-company transferees can increase their chances of qualifying for various immigration programs that lead to permanent status. 

With the help of experienced immigration professionals, like Chitra & Associates, Intra-Company transferees can navigate through the complexities of Canadian immigration and successfully transition to permanent residency

So, if you are considering a move to Canada through the ICT program, know that it is not just a temporary placement but also an opportunity for long-term settlement in this beautiful country.  So why wait?

Disclaimer: For the most accurate and updated information, we strongly recommend referring directly to the websites of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and Service Canada.

A Cautionary Note: The foregoing provides only an overview and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained, and the readers are asked to refer to the government website for the most updated information.

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