Although being under review by the Canadian government on several occasions, the Canadian Caregiving immigration program has been one of the most popular and successful immigration plans for thousands of individuals who now live in Canada as permanent residents. The program is somehow comprehensive, diverse and just like almost any other immigration opportunity in the country, information, advisory and feedback can be found for free all over the internet.
What is the Federal Caregiver program?
The program is designed for “families” who would like to hire a foreign caregiver to either reside permanently in their homes or to have an independent domicile and work full time with the family, taking care of either seniors, children, or persons with medical conditions or terminal illnesses. It is very important to acknowledge the different scenarios, whether the caregiver will live with the family on its own. The legal procedure differs on each of the scenarios described above. The programs that are still available are “Caring for Children” and “Caring for People with High Medical Needs”.
The most part of the process is done by the employer but it is important to mention that the willingness and proactive attitude of the caregiver will not only speed up the process but will make you a more attractive candidate. A friendly response and empathy are also very important, as the employer is trusting you with their loved ones.
Overview of the process
First, the employer has to look for a caregiver inside the country, whether this potential caregiver owns a permanent residency or is a Canadian Citizen. Failing to find such an individual, the employer is now allowed to find for a caregiver abroad, and to apply as an employer for all the necessary permits for the immigration process of the selected individual.
The potential employer has to get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) which is a document that an employer in Canada needs to get before hiring a foreign worker, as well as to get approval with regards to the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), to be allowed to hire a foreign worker.
The potential caregiver shall apply for a visa in order to travel to Canada for an interview, and to stay in Canada, as a temporary resident as well as a work permit in the event such person gets hired. We must say that the recently, the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) was closed for new applicants, reason why we will focus on the current information on the new and still valid immigration streams.
In addition those 2 streams the “Caring for Children” and “Caring for People with High Medical Needs” are currently under review and they may dramatically change or disappear, as they were considered pilot programs to be reviewed before November 29th , 2018.
Most of the procedure is standard with regards of working as a foreigner in Canada. The procedure of applying to a permanent residency is slightly different. For example, when the caregiver wants to apply for a permanent residency, he or she must provide proof and documentation before the abovementioned deadline, of the following:
- 24 months of full-time experience, as a caregiver for minors or children. The above, within the 4 years prior to the application.
- CLB 5. This is the standard evaluation system on languages. Proven by an exam accepted by the Canadian government.
- Proof of Canadian or foreign education. Information on the type or area of education can be misleading.
There are small differences when applying on either of the two mentioned streams. There is also a maximum number of applications each year. To find the m
Ost accurate information on the deadlines and application we strongly suggest that you look into such information inside of the OFFICIAL websites provided by the Canadian government.
Expect several changes on all the immigration streams described above. That being said, it is also important to be positive of the future changes on this immigration programs while you apply as a temporary resident or are already in the process of complying with the requisites to become a permanent resident as a caregiver. Although these changes may make it more difficult for you to become a permanent resident, Canada will still be a place where foreign workers are needed.