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New guidelines for assessing ‘intra-company transfer — specialised knowledge’ work permits

By Helen Park

On 9 June 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced expanded guidelines for immigration and border service officers to follow when assessing work permit applications under the ‘intra-company transfer — specialised knowledge’ category. What’s different?

  • Changes in interpreting what qualifies as ‘specialised knowledge’
  • Minimum wage requirement as set by Employment and Skills Development Canada (ESDC)

Specialised knowledge means that applicants must have both a high degree of proprietary knowledge and advanced expertise. This includes abilities that are unusual and uncommon in the industry and within the company, knowledge and skills that are difficult to transfer to another person but are required by the Canadian business, expertise that would be difficult to recruit for in the Canadian labour market and knowledge that only a small percentage of the company’s employees would hold…

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