Navigating the Complexities of Intra-Company Transfer Work Permit Applications in Canada

Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) work permits offer a valuable opportunity for international companies to bring key personnel to their Canadian operations. However, the application process can be complex, and many applicants find their requests refused or rejected. In this blog post, we will explore the main reasons why ICT work permit applications are denied and discuss the top three issues that applicants must address to improve their chances of success.

Main Reasons for Refusal:

Lack of experience or qualifications for the job being offered: To qualify for an ICT work permit, applicants must possess the necessary experience and qualifications for the position. Failing to demonstrate this can lead to application denial.

Incomplete or inaccurate application forms: It is crucial to complete all required forms accurately and provide all necessary supporting documentation. Inaccuracies or omissions can result in application refusal.

Lack of evidence to support the job offer: Applicants must provide substantial evidence of a valid job offer, including details of the position, salary, and duration of employment.

Inability to demonstrate that the employer is a legitimate business: Authorities may refuse applications if they cannot verify the legitimacy of the employing company.

Lack of proof of company relationship with parent/subsidiary/affiliate: Applicants must provide evidence that the Canadian company has a qualifying relationship with the foreign entity.

Previous immigration violations or criminal convictions: A history of immigration violations or criminal convictions can result in inadmissibility and application denial.

Failure to pay the appropriate fees associated with the application process: All required fees must be paid to ensure a successful application.

Top Three Reasons for Refusal:

Inadequate documentation: Providing complete and accurate documentation is crucial for a successful application. Common issues include missing proof of qualifications, experience, job offer, and evidence of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemption.

Ineligible job offer: The job offer must align with the Canadian government’s requirements. This includes being a skilled position that requires specific education, experience, or training and being consistent with the company’s overall business objectives.

Inadmissibility: Applicants deemed inadmissible due to medical issues, criminal records, or previous immigration violations will have their work permit application refused.

While the reasons for ICT work permit application refusal are varied, addressing the top three issues – inadequate documentation, ineligible job offers, and inadmissibility – can significantly improve the chances of a successful application. By understanding these potential pitfalls, applicants and employers can better navigate the complex process of obtaining an ICT work permit in Canada.