The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) is a component of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). It was designed to enable Canadians to recruit foreign nationals to provide childcare or home support for seniors or people with disabilities. The LCP was pretty unique within the TFWP because it offered a direct pathway to permanent residence. Individuals with two years of work experience on a LCP work permit could apply to transition to permanent residence.
One of the requirements of the LCP was that caregivers reside with the family they worked for, which left them vulnerable to abuses such as unpaid overtime, poor working conditions, or worse. Since their status in Canada depended on their employer, critics argued that the program had to be reformed to better protect the safety of live-in caregivers. The live-in requirement was lifted in response, but if live-in caregivers chose to move out, they required a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and work permit. Live-out caregivers would no longer be considered part of the LCP and would not be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the LCP.
There was also a significant backlog of applications for permanent residence under the LCP, resulting in very long processing times. In response, IRCC created two new prioritized pathways. Applications to the Caring for Children pathway, and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs pathway would be processed within six months. Also, while the work experience of live-out caregivers couldn’t count towards the regular Live-in Caregiver Program, it could count towards the work requirement for either of these two new pathways.
At the same time, IRCC announced that they would only accept applications for new LCP work permits if the LMIA application for the position was received by ESDC/Services Canada on or before November 30, 2014. If ESDC/Services Canada received the LMIA application after that date, you must apply for a regular work permit, not a LCP work permit.
IRCC is no longer accepting any new applications to the Live-in Caregiver Program. If you don’t already have a LCP work permit and want to work as a caregiver in Canada, you must apply for a regular work permit, supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
If you are already working in Canada on a LCP work permit, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program, the Caring for Children Program, or the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program.
If you are working as a caregiver on a regular work permit, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through the Caring for Children Program, or the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program.
You may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Live-in Caregiver Program if you meet the following requirements:
You may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Caring for Children Program if you meet the following requirements:
You may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program if you meet the following requirements:
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