The following is an e-mail exchange between an immigration representative and Citizenship and Immigration Canada regarding Arranged Employment under the Federal Skilled Worker Program for Intra-Company Transferees. The Federal Skilled Worker Program allows certain individuals employed in Canada without a Labour Market Opinion to qualify for Arranged Employment. As with any program, questions emerged regarding specific requirements, including whether intra-company transferees qualify for Arranged Employment without a Labour Market Opinion.
Please note that what I have reproduced below should not be viewed as legal advice. The reproduction of question and answer has not occurred with the affiliation of the Government of Canada, nor with the endorsement of the Government of Canada.
Question – May 28, 2013
Could you please confirm if the intra-company work permit holders in Canada can be considered to have arranged employment under the new rules (as of May 4th 2013) and could submit a FSW application based on the fact they hold ICT work permit and have an indeterminate job offer from the same employer.
Answer – May 28, 2013
Intra-company transferees in Canada who hold a valid work permit which is exempt from the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) requirement under R204(a), are working for an employer specified on the work permit and have a qualifying offer of arranged employment from the same employer are eligible to apply under the arranged employment stream under the Federal Skilled Worker Program under the new rules which came into effect on May 4, 2013 [R82(2)(b)].
All other intra-company transferees who hold a valid work permit which is LMO-exempt under R205 would also be eligible to apply provided they had a qualifying offer of arranged employment from their prospective employer, and that employer had obtained a positive LMO [R82(2)(d)].
The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations are actually very clear on the above. I presume that the representative who asked the above question knew what the answer was, but wanted Citizenship and Immigration Canada to explicitly confirm this requirement for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
I do not understood the Government of Canada’s policy rationale for why intracompany transferees under NAFTA, the Canada-Chile FTA, the Canada-Peru FTA, and other free-trade agreements are eligible under the new Federal Skilled Worker Program for Arranged Employment without a Labour Market Opinion, while general intra-company transferees are not. When the law first came out I thought that a possible solution would be to request that officers process general intra-company transferees under the GATS agreement. However, the Foreign Worker Manual now instructs officers to process GATS intra-company transferees under R205(a), C12, thereby excluding them from qualifying for Arranged Employment without a Labour Market Opinion.