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Intra-Company Transferee Requirements

An Intra-Company Transferee is essentially and work transfer program, for lack of a better analogy. It involves an eligible worker who wishes to transfer between two qualifying organizations of the same company. The parent company being abroad, and the branch company in Canada. As the applicant, there is a long list of criteria that you must meet in order to qualify. The same goes for your company. There must exist a “qualifying” relationship between your home company and the branch you wish to transfer to. Demonstrating this relationship is easier said than done.

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If you intend on applying as an intra-company transferee, as the applicant, you must:

  • Have worked:
    • on an ongoing basis,
    • for at least one year in the last three years,
    • or the same or related employer in the United States or Mexico,
  • be transferred to Canada to work short-term for the same or a related employer,
  • work as a manager, as an executive or in a job that uses specialized knowledge, and
  • have a work permit.

The above will help you understand whether or not you meet the basic criteria to be considered an eligible worker. You will also need to determine the nature of your work:

Executive capacity means that the employee primarily:

  • Directs the management of the organization or a major component or function of the organization;
  • Establishes the goals and policies of the organization, component, or function;
  • Exercises wide latitude in discretionary decision-making; and
  • Receives only general supervision or direction from higher-level authorities

Managerial capacity means that the employee primarily:

  • Manages the organization, a department, subdivision, function, or component of the organization;
  • Supervises and controls the work of:
    • Other managers or supervisors;
    • Professional employees, or
    • Manages an essential function within the organization or a department or subdivision of the organization.
  • Has the authority to hire and fire, or recommend these and other personnel actions, such as promotion and leave authorization; if not, another employee is directly supervised, functions at a senior level with the organization hierarchy or with respect to the function managed; and
  • Exercises discretion over the day-to-day operations of the activity or function for which the employee has the authority.

Specialized Knowledge means that the employee primarily:

  • Has unique or unusual knowledge of a company’s product or service and its application in international markets or an advanced level of knowledge or
  • expertise in the organization’s processes and procedures (product, process and service can include research, equipment, techniques, management, or other interests).

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