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.
Guiding Your Journey to Canadian Permanent Residency via the ICT Program
1. Choose the Right ICT Stream
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.
2. Accumulate Canadian Work Experience
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.
3. Improve Language Proficiency
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.
4. Education and Credential Assessment
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.
5. Assess Your Eligibility for PR Programs
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.
6. Express Entry Profile (if applicable)
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.
7. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
Some provinces offer nomination programs that may align with your qualifications. Research and consider applying to a PNP if it suits your profile.
8. Wait for ITA or Provincial Nomination
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.
9. Submit Your PR Application
Complete and submit your PR application with all required documents. Pay attention to the specific requirements of the program you’re applying to.
10. Medical Examinations and Police Clearance
You may need to undergo medical examinations and provide police clearance certificates as part of your PR application.
11. Interview and Additional Documentation
Be prepared for interviews or requests for additional documentation as part of the application process.
12. Landing in Canada
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.