Intra-corporate transferees R204(a) – T51 (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership)

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The intra-corporate transferees category is comprised of business persons who are employed by an enterprise in the territory of a party and who are seeking to render services to one of the following of that enterprise:

  • the parent entity
  • a subsidiary
  • an affiliate

These organizations must be in Canada, and the business person must be doing work as one of the following:

  • an executive
  • manager
  • a specialist
  • a management trainee on professional development

Applications under this category can be made from within Canada, at a port of entry, or at a Canadian mission abroad, per the requirements set out in sections 197, 198 and 199 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Criteria for intra-corporate transferees

All intra-corporate transferees must follow these conditions:

  • be a citizen of a Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) signatory
  • have been employed by an enterprise of or have been partners in an enterprise of a CPTPP signatory continuously for at least 1 year within the previous 3 years at the time of submitting the application
    • includes citizens of CPTPP countries who are employed by an enterprise in another CPTPP country
  • be transferred to an enterprise (that must be a parent entity, subsidiary or affiliate company of the enterprise) in Canada

Note: Permanent residents of Australia and permanent residents of New Zealand may also qualify under this category.

The applicant must belong to one of the following categories:

Length of stay

The length of stay is up to 3 years for initial applications, with possible extensions at the officer’s discretion if the applicant is able to provide documentation that satisfies the processing officer of the applicant’s need to have their stay extended.

See Extending work permits under the CPTPP for details on when an application can be extended.


Available to citizens of

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand

An executive is a business person within an organization who does all of the following:

  • primarily directs the management of the organization or a major component or function of the organization
  • establishes the goals and policies of the organization or of a component or function of the organization
  • exercises wide latitude in decision-making and receives only general supervision or direction from high-level executives, the board of directors or stockholders of the business organisation


Available to citizens of

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand

A specialist is an employee possessing specialized 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.

See Intra-company transferees – Qualifying job positions for specialized knowledge workers [R205(a)] (exemption code C12) for guidance on specialized knowledge.

Note: An assessment of the prevailing wage is not applied to CPTPP specialists.


Available to citizens of

  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand

A manager is a business person within an organization who does all of the following:

  • primarily directs the organization or a department or sub-division of the organization
  • supervises and controls the work of other supervisory, professional or managerial employees
  • has the authority to hire and fire or take other personnel actions (such as promotion or leave authorization)
  • exercises discretionary authority over day-to-day operations

Spousal provisions – T53

An open work permit may be issued to the spouse of an intra-corporate transferee if the principal applicant is either of the following:

  • a citizen of Australia, Japan or Mexico
  • a permanent resident of Australia

Spousal eligibility is based on the citizenship or permanent resident status of the principal applicant.

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