#7 – Trade Agreements
Canada has many trade agreements with other countries that may offer you certain immigration exemptions. If you are a citizen of Chile, Jordan, Peru, Colombia, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States of America, Iceland, Norway, Israel, or Panama, read on.
As a national of one of these countries, you could be eligible for an “intra-company transfer” if you work for a company that has either a Canadian arm of operation or a contract with a Canadian company. This is one of the easiest ways to work in Canada because you’ll be exempt from needing a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which says that no Canadians could be found to fill the position you take.
Nicknamed the “NAFTA Visa,” an intra-company transfer allows you to work in Canada for your company or its subsidiary, branch, affiliate, or parent company. After you’ve lived and worked in Canada for 12 months, you can apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or through a Provincial Nominee Program.