Foreign business owners and senior managers can obtain a work permit to operate their company’s branch, affiliate, or subsidiary in Canada.
ICT applicants do not need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which saves money plus many months in government processing time.
If eligible, applicants and their spouse may apply to immigrate permanently to Canada under the Express Entry system, or Provincial Nomination program.
We recommend ICT applicants to start their application early, as the process can take 3-6 months, especially if a new Canadian company must be incorporated.
An applicant may be eligible if they:
Are currently working for an international company and will work at the parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate of that company in Canada;
Are transferred to a company with a qualifying relationship with the current employer;
Are being transferred to an executive, senior managerial, or specialized knowledge position
Have been employed (through payroll or direct contract) at the company outside of Canada in a similar full-time position for at least one year in the last three years
If the Canadian company is being newly established, then additionally the new company must:
Secure a physical area for operations, although in some cases it is acceptable if there is no new address yet
Have plans to hire employees
Prove the necessary funds to start business in Canada and pay wages
Demonstrate the business will be large enough to support executive or management function (if applicable)
Demonstrate that operations are guided and directed by Canadian management (if applicable)
How Long is the ICT Work Permit valid?
ICT Work Permits last for one year or two years, as determined by the visa officer. Visa holders can renew their work permits for up to seven years, if the business continues to operate as planned.
Check your eligibility now!
Use our free eligibility checker to quickly see all work permits that you may qualify for.
Or, start your ICT application by creating an account. It is free and will check if you are eligible. Review all the information and documents you must provide, and see all the fees required - no surprises! With an account, you can schedule a call with one of our immigration experts.
How It Works
- 1Create An Account
Do an eligibility check, or pick a visa, or just sign up directly to create an account. Then you can see all the documents needed, questions you must answer, and fee payments for our services and to the government. If you have any questions, it is easy to contact our sales team or to schedule a call.
- 2Eligibility Confirmation Before Payment
First you will answer a few questions to ensure you are eligible for the visa. Only if you are eligible will the payment unlock. Making payment assigns an immigration lawyer or regulated consultant to your application. We are transparent in our process and pricing, and clearly list all the fees and processing times for your visa. Read our Transparency Pledge. We use Stripe for credit or debit card payment processing, which is secure and encrypted.
- 3Complete Your Application Online
You can complete as many of the application tasks you wish before payment. Take your time. Some visas require a lot of information, which requires answering questionnaires and uploading of documents. Our system ensures everything necessary is gathered depending on your situation - preventing errors and omissions - and saving you time.
- 4Visa Preparation and Submission
Once all the tasks are completed, our experts will review your answers and start preparing your application so that the best case is best presented. Government fees are also due once the application is completed and we can correctly calculate the government fees due. After a final review by you, and by our experts, your application will be submitted! You will have peace of mind that only comes with an accurate application.
- 5Approval and Renewals
We notify you when your visa is approved! If there are any questions or rejections from the government, we will answer them and resubmit without any further fees from us. We securely store your immigration documents for 7 years and provide alerts well before any expiry dates. Renewing or taking the next step toward citizenship is easy when all your immigration history is in one place.
Some documents you will need to provide, and some documents we may prepare for you.
- Abroad Business License - ICT
- Abroad Company Organization Chart
- Company Financial Statements
- Digital Photo of Visa Applicant
- Employment Agreement
- Evidence of Business Operations - ICT
- Passport Biographic Page
- Proof of Prior Employment at Parent Company
- Proof that you Meet the Requirements of the Job Being Offered