#1 – Trade Agreements
Trade agreements with certain other countries allow for intra-company transfers. That means that if your company has a Canadian arm, or even just a contract with a Canadian company, you could request to be transferred there. This is one of the easiest ways to immigrate to Canada because it gets you out of needing a Labour Market Impact Assessment. An LMIA states that no qualified Canadian was available to take the role you want. So which countries have agreements like this with Canada?
You are in luck if you’re a citizen of Chile, Jordan, Peru, Colombia, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States of America, Iceland, Norway, Israel, or Panama.
This program is casually called the NAFTA Visa, and grants immigrants the right to work in Canada for their current company or its affiliate, parent company, or subsidiary. It takes only 12 months of work in Canada to be eligible to apply for permanent residence. You’ll want to explore the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or a Provincial Nominee Program.