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Canada Live In Caregiver 2017 | Program Update

The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) was an incredibly popular program that provided pathways to permanent residence for some temporary foreign workers in Canada. While the pathways still exist, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stopped issuing new LCP work permits in November 2014.

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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.

WHAT CHANGED AND WHY?

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.

LIVE-IN CAREGIVER PROGRAM 2017

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.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

Live-In Caregiver Program

You may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Live-in Caregiver Program if you meet the following requirements:

WORK EXPERIENCE

  1. 24 months of authorized full-time live-in employment in Canada, or
  2. 3,900 hours of authorized full-time live-in employment (within a minimum of 22 months including up to 390 hours of overtime) in Canada; and
  3. The work experience must be acquired within four years of your date of arrival.

Caring for Children Program

You may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Caring for Children Program if you meet the following requirements:

WORK EXPERIENCE

  1. At least 24 months of full-time (30 hours/week) work experience in Canada
  2. As a home child care provider (National Occupational Classification (NOC) 4411)
  3. In the four years before you apply

LANGUAGE ABILITY

  1. Score at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in an approved language test
  2. Within the two years before you apply

EDUCATION

  1. A Canadian post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate of at least one year, or
  2. A foreign degree, diploma, or certificate and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) demonstrating it is equal to a Canadian one-year post-secondary degree

Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program

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:

WORK EXPERIENCE

  1. At least 24 months of full-time (30 hours/week) work experience in Canada
  2. In one of the following occupations:
    • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
    • Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233)
    • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associated (NOC 3413)
    • Home support workers and related occupations (NOC 4412)
      • Only Home support workers are eligible under 4412. Housekeepers are not eligible.
  3. In the four years before you apply

LANGUAGE ABILITY

  1. If your work experience is NOC 3012, score at least Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in an approved language test
  2. If your work experience is NOC 3233, NOC 3413, or NOC 4412, score at least CLB 5 in an approved language test
  3. Within the two years before you apply

EDUCATION

  1. A Canadian post-secondary degree, diploma, or certificate of at least one year, or
  2. A foreign degree, diploma, or certificate and an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) demonstrating it is equal to a Canadian one-year post-secondary degree

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