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Work Permit/Residential Visa at London Office

Old Oct 23rd 2012, 3:24 am
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Hello,

I'm 23-years-old and have worked for Topshop/Topman for three years now. I have worked on the shop floor, in visual merchandising and I currently run the administration department for the store I am in, which is the busiest outside of Oxford Circus.

Recently, The Bay in Vancouver acquired the rights for the brand and opened a brand new Topshop/Topman store on Granville Street. I applied for a position with the managers there, and following a skype interview, they offered me a job based on my experience and knowledge of the brand that I could bring to the store over there.

I have applied for a work permit and a residential visa, but I did not have an LMO since they said they could hire someone from Canada to fill my position.

I'm a little bit confused as to whether my situation would fall under an intra-company transfer, or whether it's not going to go through at all.

I accidentally sent a personal cheque instead of a banker's draft to pay for the application fee and they sent the application back - stamped and checked, with them stating that the only issue was the tender of money I had applied with. They know I don't have an LMO number and haven't said anything. I have sent it back with a banker's draft in CAD and now I am just waiting.

I sent proof of my experience, previous employment, job offer, and I signed the form that allows them to apply for a police check.

From what I have read online, I keep hearing a mixture of cases that were very straight forward and some that took forever to go through.

If anyone has any advice or information, I would greatly appreciate it as I feel a bit blind to the situation.

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Old Oct 23rd 2012, 4:22 am
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Default Re: Work Permit/Residential Visa at London Office

Hi Luke, and welcome to BE.

Originally Posted by luca89
I'm a little bit confused as to whether my situation would fall under an intra-company transfer, or whether it's not going to go through at all.
Sorry to say, but I don't think it would. Have you read the Wiki article which outlines the 3 categories for an intra-company transferee? http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Intra-...ransfer-Canada

You wouldn't come under executive or senior management from what you've said, and I can't see how you'd come under specialist knowledge either, unless you have knowledge that isn't in Canada and can prove you meet the criteria i.e. have been sent abroad by the company etc? I guess the only hope is that CIC think that because Topshop is new in Canada you have knowledge that Canadians wouldn't maybe?

But I guess all you can do is wait and see what CIC think. You haven't mentioned the other things that are required for an intra-company transfer application i.e. proof of the relationship between the UK and Canadian branches etc, so did you include those too?

If you don't get the TWP, then perhaps the Working Holiday Visa would be an option?

Good luck.
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