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Navigating the Path to Permanent Residency Through the ICT Program in Canada

Canada’s Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) program offers a valuable opportunity for foreign employees to work temporarily in a Canadian branch, subsidiary, or affiliate of their company. While the ICT program provides a work permit to eligible individuals, it doesn’t automatically grant permanent residency. However, with careful planning and adherence to immigration pathways, you can use your ICT work permit as a stepping stone towards Canadian PR. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to become eligible for PR after obtaining an ICT work permit.


The ICT program offers two primary streams: the ICT – Executive/Managerial category and the ICT – Specialized Knowledge category. Ensure that you select the stream that aligns with your role and qualifications within the company.

One of the key requirements for many Canadian permanent residency programs, including the Express Entry system, is Canadian work experience. Use your time in Canada under the ICT program to gain valuable work experience, which will boost your PR application.

Strong language skills, either in English or French, are essential for Canadian PR eligibility. Take language proficiency tests like IELTS or CELPIP to demonstrate your proficiency. If needed, invest in language courses to improve your scores.

If you completed your education outside Canada, consider getting an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to have your foreign credentials recognized in Canada. This can be beneficial for certain PR programs that require educational qualifications.

Research the various Canadian immigration programs, such as Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), and Quebec’s immigration streams. Evaluate which program aligns best with your qualifications, work experience, and long-term goals.

If you plan to apply through Express Entry, create an online profile and enter your information, including your work experience, language proficiency, and education. You’ll receive a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which will determine your eligibility.

Some provinces offer nomination programs that may align with your qualifications. Research and consider applying to a PNP if it suits your profile.

If you’re eligible, you’ll receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through Express Entry or a nomination from a province. This is your invitation to apply for Canadian PR.

Complete and submit your PR application with all required documents. Pay attention to the specific requirements of the program you’re applying to.

You may need to undergo medical examinations and provide police clearance certificates as part of your PR application.

Be prepared for interviews or requests for additional documentation as part of the application process.

If your PR application is approved, you’ll receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and can complete the landing process in Canada.

Transitioning from an ICT work permit to permanent residency in Canada may take time and careful planning, but it’s an achievable goal. Be diligent in meeting the eligibility criteria for your chosen PR program and seek professional guidance if needed. With determination, you can make Canada your permanent home and continue your professional journey in this diverse and welcoming country.

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