What is Caregiver Program?
Caretakers, more widely known as “Nannies,” provide invaluable assistance in the care of a home. Their contribution to general societal functioning is both significant and critical. Since there are few participants for such types of occupations in Canada, entry via a Caregiver Visa helps meet the demand balance for this sector.
A Caregiver Program of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) permits a household to hire an international caretaker for the respective members of the family:
Caregivers who want to immigrate to Canada have two options. There are currently two immigration programs specifically designed for caretakers in operation.
Both of Canada’s current caregiver pilot programs are accepting applications. Thanks to the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilot programs, foreign caregiver coming to work in Canada will no longer have to leave close family members behind and will have a more straightforward path to Canadian permanent residence.
Permanent residence for caregivers
Keeping your temporary resident status
While working in Canada, you must always have a current temporary residence status. Applying is required
You could continue working under the same restrictions as your original work permit while you wait for a decision if you applied for a new work permit before your present one expires. It’s known as “maintained status” (implied status).
Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot
The Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot may allow you to submit an application for permanent residency if you:
Through these pilots, you’ll get an open work permit to come to Canada and work temporarily. This work permit:
Live-in Caregiver Program
The LCP (Live-in Caregiver Program) is no longer accepting new applications. Only those who have at least two years of work experience in the Live-in Caregiver Program and who also meet the following requirements may apply for permanent residence through the LCP:
Temporary work for caregivers
Apply to extend your work permit
If you’re currently working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be eligible to extend your work permit through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
Apply for a new work permit
If one of these applies to you, you can often apply for a work permit through the TFWP to work temporarily in Canada as a caregiver:
Your employer will need to get LMIA first. Once they have a positive LMIA, you can apply for a work permit
Who can apply as a Caregiver?
There are three possible scenarios applicants can apply to the pilot programs: