Canada allows for the transfer of certain employees (executives, senior managers and
specialized knowledge workers) to the Canadian branch, subsidiary or affiliate of an
international company, without the involvement of HRSDC.
In order to qualify for a work permit as an intra-company transferee, a business
enterprise "is or will be doing business" in both Canada and the foreign
An applicant seeking a work permit to open a new office on behalf of the foreign
enterprise may also qualify, having established that the enterprise in Canada is
expected to support a managerial, executive or specialized knowledge worker
An applicant may apply for the work permit in advance at any Canadian Visa Office.
Alternatively, the foreign worker may apply for the permit at a Canadian Port of Entry. Also, if the foreign
worker is in Canada as a Visitor, a work permit application can be filed within Canada.
Transferees should be prepared to supply the following documentation when applying for a work permit:
Proof of citizenship
Outline of pre-arranged position in Canada, including:
» Duration of stay
» Description of employment as executive or
Proof of relationship between Canadian and foreign employers
Proof of previous employment with organization:
» Minimum of one continuous year in the last three years
» Similar position to the one being offered in Canada
Initial work permits for Transferees will be valid for at most three years. Transferees entering Canada to open or
work in a new office will be granted permits valid for up to one year.
Extensions may be granted for up to two years at a time. Executive Transferees can be granted permits for up to
seven years in total. Specialized knowledge workers are expected to more quickly pass on their expertise and can
receive permits valid for up to five years in total.