Because of complaints from aspiring live-in caregiver candidates about the processing times of the program, Immigration Canada made significant changes to address these concerns. The most substantial change to the live‐in caregiver program is the removal of the mandatory “live‐in” requirement of the program. Previously caregivers in Canada needed to physically reside with their employers, which lead to some individuals feeling abused and vulnerable. Under the new regulations, living with your employer is now optional.

 

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The Live‐in Caregiver Program is a great way for someone with, or without, a nursing degree to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence. After two years of full‐time employment in Canada (3900 hours), working as a live‐in caregiver, you are eligible to apply for Canadian Immigration, but first you have to obtain the job offer, and then apply for the work visa.

 

In some cases, you can even apply before your two years of experience in Canada are done but it will depend on your qualifications. The best way to find out is to complete our free online assessment or send us your CV to attorney@canadim.com

 

Requirements:

  1. A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from your Canadian employer
  2. A written contract between you and your future employer to Service Canada’s standards/specifications
  3. Proof of Canadian secondary school equivalency, in most cases 12 years of formal education
  4. In the last three years, you have: at least 6 months of training as a caregiver OR one year of experience working as a caregiver, nurse or related occupation

 

Because of complaints from hopeful live-in caregiver candidates about the processing times of the program, Immigration Canada made significant changes to address these concerns. The most substantial change to the live‐in caregiver program is the removal of the mandatory “live‐in” requirement of the program. Previously caregivers in Canada needed to physically reside with their employers, which lead to some individuals feeling abused and vulnerable. Under the new regulations, living with your employer is now optional.

 

The second most important change to the program is to deal with the backlog of some 60,000+ applications that are waiting to be processed. They are dealing with this in two ways:

 

1. Creating two application streams for caregivers to achieve Canadian Permanent Residence

 

  • One for caregivers of young children with a maximum cap of 2,750 applications received per year.
  • Another stream for caregivers who take care of elderly patients with a disability or chronic medical condition in their homes or in health-care facilities. Not just caregivers will be eligible but also other health care workers like nurses, nurse aides and orderlies. A cap of also 2,750 will be set for this application stream.

 

2. By expediting the processing of existing applications that are waiting to be processed. Approximately 30,000 new permanent residents will be admitted to Canada under this program in 2015.

 

After adding up both categories you can see a total of 5,500 applications will be accepted under this program. That total does not include spouses and dependents.

 

The Canadim Team commends Immigration Canada for changing the mandatory live‐in requirement for caregivers. This ensures that all workers in Canada, both temporary and permanent, receive the same safe and equitable treatment afforded to all Canadians.

 

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