Changing rules for ‘specialized knowledge’

CIC clarifies immigration criteria in response to concerns about inconsistencies
By Sergio Karas
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/08/2011

Multinational employers that wish to transfer certain types of employees for assignments in Canada can usually take advantage of provisions related to intra-company transferees.

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) regulations provide an exemption from a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) for senior managers, executives and specialized knowledge workers transferred between branches, divisions or subsidiaries of companies under common control.

The intra-company transferee category was created so international companies could temporarily transfer qualified employees to Canada to improve management effectiveness, expand Canadian exports and enhance the competitiveness of Canadian entities in overseas markets.