A great deal has been read and heard about Canada’s Live-in Caregivers Program. It is basically designed and developed for those people who are interested in working as nannies or the Live-In Caregivers in Canada. It is classified for those individuals who are qualified to provide care for elderly, children, and people with disabilities in private homes.
Canadian Live-in Caregivers Scheme–How the program works?
The first step is to locate a prospective Canadian employer in Canada. Once you have successfully done so, your recruiter must send a request to Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada. Thereafter, the ESDC/Service Canada will send a labor market impact assessment (LMIA) to your employer and the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is an assessment of the future impact that the hiring of the worker from overseas may have on the Canadian labor market. Your employer will further send a copy of the LMIA to you. Thereafter you, as well as your employer, must sign an employer-employee contract that successful meets the labor standards and working conditions in the province where you are likely to work.
Once you have successfully obtained a valid and signed contract, along with a positive LMIA, your second last step is to submit an application for a visa.
What are the four main requirements?
- You must have the equivalent of a Canadian high school education.
- You must have at least six months of full-time formal training in a classroom setting, or an experience of twelve months full-time paid job, that includes at least six months of continuous work experience within the last three years with one employer in continuation, in a field related to the job you are seeking as a Live-In Caregiver.
- You must be fluent either in English or French–one of the two Canadian national languages. Fluency includes being able to write, speak and read with comfort.
- You must have a written employment contract between you and your Canadian employer. The same should clearly define your professional responsibilities, hours of work required to do the job daily, salary and benefits.
Under the Caregivers program, some major reforms have been recently announced by the incumbent Minster of Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Alexander. The announced reforms are beyond the expectations assuring that the rights and freedom are completely upheld and give them (the candidates) an opportunity to become the Permanent Resident of Canada at the earliest.
One of the major reforms is that the “live-in reform is not compulsory”. The latest reform gives them an option to choose otherwise. The step has been taker after several complains were received by the CIC regarding the unnecessary exploitation of Caregivers by their employers.
The other major change in reform is that one of the pathways towards permanent residency will be for childcare providers and the other will be for caregivers who are taking care of elderly people and people with physical disability. Still, Caregivers under both the categories will still have to work full-time, for a minimum of two years before being eligible to present an application under the two new categories. The CIC will aim to process the application within six months.
To reduce the present backlog, the CIC has decided to cap the number of applications that is accepted every year. It has been decided to accept 2,750 petitions under each category totaling it to 5,500 applications every year.