Canadian immigration and caregiver
Canada has a long history of welcoming caregivers to permanently settle here or as temporary workers.
For the purpose of immigration, a caregiver, generally speaking, means a person who provides cares for one of the following individuals in a private home:
In other words, to be eligible for the caregiver programs, you must not work anywhere, such as in a hospital, but in a private home.
Permanent residence for caregivers
Caregiver programs have gone through many changes during recent years.
Currently, only the following programs are available:
In this context, caregiver programs mean the above two pilots.
Further, the programs below are closed:
Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP),
Caring for Children Program, and
Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program.
If you are a new applicant, you cannot apply under the closed programs.
An FYI. As of May 31, 2021, the Home Child Care Worker Pilot has reached its cap for 2021. Therefore, this pilot will no longer accept applications. However, it will reopen on January 1, 2022.
The Home Support Worker Pilot is still open.
Work permit for caregivers
Instead of permanent residence (PR), some caregivers may be eligible for a work permit and work in Canada temporarily.
To hire a caregiver, the employer must get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). For more information about an LMIA, please visit our Service page.
We can also help employers to get an LMIA.
You may also find other pathways to a work permit on our Service Page.
Am I eligible?
At a minimum, to be eligible for the caregiver programs, you need to
Have a full-time job offer from a Canadian employer,
Be able to perform the job duties,
Have some English or French skills, and
Have at least one year of post-secondary education.
We can also help you to determine your eligibility.
Do I need work experience to be eligible?
The answer is no.
In other words, you can apply under the caregiver programs even without any relevant work experience.
However, you need the ability to perform the job duties. Therefore, if you do not have any previous work experience, you shall ensure that your ability comes from either training or education.
What is an eligible job offer?
Generally speaking, an eligible job offer must be:
Further, the employer must register the job offer with Employment and Social Development Canada.
Last but not least, the job offer may be for a temporary position.
What is the language requirement?
Canada has two official languages: English and French.
Therefore, you only need to meet the requirements for either English or French.
For English, you must present at least a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 in writing, reading, listening, and speaking.
On the other hand, for French, you must present at a minimum of Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadien (NCLC) of 4 in each component.
What is the eligible post-secondary education?
Post-secondary education means studies at a college or university.
To be eligible, the studies must be full-time and at least one year in length.
Lastly, your education can be in or outside Canada. However, if your educational credential is from outside Canada, you need to get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for it.
We can also help you to get an ECA.
Applying for permanent residence as caregivers
If you meet the above minimum requirements, you can submit your PR application.
However, you may or may not be eligible for it yet.
To be eligible for PR, you need at least 24 months of qualifying work experience as a caregiver within the past 36 months.
Further, the work experience can be accumulative. In other words, you do not have to work for the same employer for at least 24 months in a row.
IRCC only processes your PR application when you provide proof of enough qualifying work experience.
We can also represent you in your whole application.
What if I don’t have qualifying work experience when I submit the application?
You will still receive an open work permit that allows you to obtain qualifying work experience.
Further, the work permit will be occupation-restricted. This means you can only work in Canada as a caregiver. However, you can change employers as you wish.
Last but not least, your employer does not need an LMIA to hire you.
When you have obtained enough qualifying work experience, you need to send proof to IRCC so that they can start processing your PR application.
Knowing what matters to you
First and foremost, your job in Canada must be in the form of employment. This means you cannot be a contractor or self-employed.
Secondly, you shall ensure that you are not underpaid. Because your salary may reflect whether your job is full-time.
Thirdly, if you work overtime, make sure you receive compensation accordingly.
Last but not least, employers usually cannot require you to live with the care recipient unless they present doctor recommendations.
Need help with your issues? Please let us know.
The closed LCP
The LCP has been closed to new applicants since June 17, 2019.
However, you may still apply for PR under the LCP if you have at least two years of experience in this program, and
you are working in Canada with an LCP work permit. OR
your first LCP work permit was based on an LMIA submitted on or before November 30, 2014.
Other permanent residence pathways for caregivers
If you have enough eligible work experience as a caregiver, you may also be eligible for PR under Express Entry. To learn more, please visit our Express Entry Service Page.
We can also help you with your Express Entry application.
What we do
Firstly, we help LGBT immigrate to Canada, and we create a safe and friendly place for people with immigration needs.
Then, we personalize our services for you, which may include any of the following:
help you to determine your eligibility,
If you are not currently eligible, we help you to meet the eligibility,
Identify potential inadmissibility issues and properly address them before you apply,
Assist you in collecting or preserving the supporting documents,
Conduct legal research,
Provide other advice and instructions as needed that could be critical to a successful application, and
Complete, prepare, organize, and submit your application on your behalf.
Book an appointment today or contact us directly.