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New Pilot Programs for Caregivers in Canada

New Pilot Programs for Caregivers in Canada

No more LMIA for Two New Pilot Programs

Are you overwhelmed with taking care of your children and need an extra hand but cannot afford to put them in childcare due to your financial circumstances or are you a caregiver and like to work in Canada to potentially obtain permanent residency in Canada? If this is your case then blog is for you.

Canada is now accepting applications to its two new caregiver immigration pilot programs which include

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Changes to Caregiver Program in Canada

Changes to Caregiver Program in Canada

New Permanent Residence Pilots for Caregivers Immigrating to Canada

Are you a foreign caregiver looking to move to Canada? Are you looking to learn more about the immigration process regarding caregiving? Are you confused about the new pilot programs introduced for caregivers? There are numerous options in order to immigrate to Canada, and if you have answered yes to any of the questions above, you have come to the right place, as this blog will explain to you all about caregivers in Canada and what it entails.

How can I become a Caregiver in Canada?

There are many options and pathways to become a caregiver in Canada. The goal of these pilots and programs are to allow you to work in Canada as a caregiver, and possibly apply for permanent residence along with your family. Recently, the Government of Canada has introduced two new pilots in order for you to apply to work as a caregiver in Canada.

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Becoming Permanent Resident through Live in Caregiver Program

Becoming Permanent Resident through Live in Caregiver Program

What is the Live-In Caregiver Program

The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) is designed to enable Canadians to recruit foreign nationals to provide childcare or home support for seniors or people with disabilities. Individuals with twenty-four months of work experience on a LCP work permit could apply to transition to permanent residence. The Live-in Caregiver Program is mutually beneficial for both the Canadian employer and the live-in care giver, as the employer gets the services from the foreign national, and the foreign national can obtain employment and/ or achieve permanent residency in Canada. If you think you might be eligible to be a live-in caregiver, or you might need to hire a foreign live-in caregiver, then continue to read this blog for more information.

What is a Live-In Caregiver

A live in caregiver is provides care for children or people with high medical needs. Usually, the live-in caregiver lives with the employer to take care of the children or the patient(s). To begin, the live-in caregiver will enter Canada as a temporary foreign worker.

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The Live-in Caregiver Program Details of Changes and Applying for Permanent Residence

The Live-in Caregiver Program Details of Changes and Applying for Permanent Residence

How to Apply for Permanent Residence through the Live-In Caregiver Program

Once you are in Canada working full-time as a live-in caregiver, on a live-in caregiver work permit, you are probably considering applying for permanent residence through the live-in caregiver program as well. There are a variety of requirements you must meet to be eligible for permanent residence through the live-in caregiver program. Therefore, throughout this article, I will cover the requirements to be eligible for permanent residence as a live-in caregiver, and I will help explain the application process. First and foremost though, if you are not already in Canada on a live-in caregiver work permit, you cannot be eligible for permanent residence through the live-in caregiver program.

Eligibility Requirements through the Live-In Caregiver Program

As mentioned, to be eligible to apply for permanent residence through the live-in caregiver program, you must comply with various requirements. The main requirement is that you must have completed 24 months of full time employment, or a total of 3,900 hours within 22 months, within the four years you have worked in Canada as a live-in caregiver from the date you entered Canada to be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Live-in Caregiver Program. Please note, any time not working, such as sick leave or parental leave, or, time which you are working in Canada but not physically living with your employer, is not counted towards the required length of time an individual must have worked, though, regular vacation time, is counted towards this requirement. To prove the employee has fulfilled this minimum mandatory period of time working as a live-in caregiver, the employer must fill out the Live-in Caregiver – Employer Declaration of Hours Worked (IMM 5634) form, and state the hours an individual worked.

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FAQs for Live-in Caregivers

FAQs for Live-in Caregivers

FAQ – Live-in Caregivers

In this article, I will address a few popular questions and answers for Live-in Caregivers in Canada and some important information to consider if you are applying under this program for permanent residency in Canada. The live-in caregiver program was created by the Canadian government and was intended to provide eldercare, special needs and childcare service from experienced foreign nationals. If you feel as though you would be eligible to apply for under this program, I suggest you watch our video on “How to Hire a Live-in Caregiver” before reading this question and answer article. The intention of this article is meant to clarify any misunderstanding or confusion with regards to Live-in Caregivers in Canada.

Q: If I’m currently employed in Canada as a live-in caregiver, am I allowed to return to my home country for vacation?

A: This is a very common question. Fortunately, yes, you can return to your home country for vacation. Specifically, your vacation time period should be clearly indicated in your employment contract between you and your employer. Keep in mind, if you stay longer than what is indicated on your employment contract, without written consent from your employer, then you may lose your employment in Canada. Another important factor to consider is that if you leave Canada prior to receiving an approval for your permanent residency, and you do not have proper authorization to return to Canada, such as a work permit or a visitor visa, then you may not be allowed back into Canada. Therefore, it is advisable to obtain permanent residency in Canada prior to travelling back to your home country for vacation.

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