Live-in Caregiver Work Experience and Language Capability

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As a live-in caregiver, you will also need to demonstrate your work experience as well as your ability to perform your intended duties in Canada.

Educational Experience Required

You must have successfully completed the equivalent of Canadian high school education (secondary school). Because of the differences in school systems across Canada, it is not possible to give a precise number of years. In most provinces, it takes 12 years of schooling to obtain a Canadian high school diploma. The immigration officer assessing your application will let you know what is needed.

At least six months' training or at least one year of full-time paid work experience as a caregiver or in a related field or occupation. To claim work experience, you need to have worked for one year, including at least six months of continuous employment for the same employer. This work experience must be in a field or occupation specific to what you will do as a live-in caregiver. This experience must have been acquired within the three years immediately before the day on which you make an application for a work permit as a caregiver.

Training

To claim training, it must have been full-time training in a classroom setting. Areas of study could be early childhood education, geriatric care, pediatric nursing or first aid.

Language Requirements

You must be able to speak, read and understand either English or French so that you can function on your own in your employer's home. For example, you must be able to call emergency services if they are needed, and to understand labels on medication.

You will be unsupervised for most of the day and may have to communicate with someone outside the home. You can also read and understand your rights and obligations if you can function in English or French.

Note, to participate in the Live-in Caregiver Program, you must make an application for an initial Live-in Caregiver work permit at a visa office outside Canada.  If your application is successful, you will receive a letter of introduction from the Canadian visa office responsible for your area. You will need to present this letter to the Border Services Officer upon arrival in Canada in order to obtain your work permit.

Is there any reason you might be considered inadmissible to Canada?

Some people are inadmissible and those considered to be are not allowed to come to Canada. Several things can make you inadmissible, including involvement in criminal activity, in human rights violations or in organized crime.

If you face inadmissibility, you will need to first overcome this in order to proceed with your application. Contact us for further details.

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