What is the CPTPP “Intra-Corporate Transferees” Category?

Similar to the NAFTA intra-company transferees program,  the CPTPP “intra-corporate” transferees category allows the temporary entry of business persons who are employed by an enterprise of a CPTTP signatory territory and are being “transferred” in order to provide services within the Canadian parent, subsidiary or affiliate of that enterprise. 

Depending on your citizenship, you as the applicant must be rendering services as one of the following:

  • Executive
  • Manager
  • Specialist
  • Management trainee on professional development

What “Citizenship” is eligible for Intra-Corporate Transferees?

To obtain a work permit under this category, you must be a citizen of one of the following countries: 

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand

Permanent residents of Australia and/or of New Zealand may also qualify.

CPTPP Signatory Countries

Including Canada, the CPTPP consists of a total of 11 countries listed as signatories. The following countries are; Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. 

What criteria must I meet?

Regardless of your country of citizenship or job category (executive, manager, specialist), you must also meet the following criteria:

  • Have been employed by an enterprise or have been partners of that enterprise of the CPTPP country for at least 1 year within the previous 3 years prior to your application

(includes qualified citizens who are employed by an enterprise in another CPTPP member country)

Who qualifies as an “Executive”?

If you’re entering Canada as an “executive” you are most likely qualified to do the following:

  • Direct (or primarily direct) the management of the enterprise or major component or function
  • Establish goals and policies of the enterprise or major component or function
  • Heavily involved in decision-making and receives minimal supervision or direction from higher-level executives, directors or stockholders

To enter Canada as an executive, you must also be a citizen of one of the following:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand

Specialists

Identical to the NAFTA category, a “specialist” is someone who possesses uncommon knowledge of the company’s product or services and their application in international markets or an advanced level of knowledge of the company’s processes and procedures.

To enter Canada as a specialist you must also be a citizen of one of the following:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand

Managers

If you’re entering Canada as a “manager” you are most likely qualified to do the following:

  • Directs (or primarily directs) a department or subdivision of the enterprise
  • Supervises and has control over other professional employees
  • Has much authority to hire and fire or take other personnel actions
  • exercises discretionary authority over day-to-day operations

To enter Canada as a manager you must also be a citizen of one of the following:

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand

If you have any further questions about Immigrating to Canada, please get in touch, call +1 (604) 265-4966 or email.

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