FAQ Live in Caregiver
What sort of work permit should I apply for if this is my first time as a caregiver in Canada and my employer applies for a Labour Market Impact Assessment after November 30, 2014?
You will need to apply for a regular work permit, not a specific caregiver work permit. You can live in your own home. If you and your employer have agreed that you will live in their home, this should be:
- in your employment contract, and
- noted in the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) request by your employer to Employment and Social Development Canada. Your employer will have to confirm that the accommodation they are providing meets acceptable standards before they get the LMIA.
I am working as a live-in caregiver but would like to move into my own home. Can I?
I am already working as a live-in caregiver. Will I be able to apply for permanent residence when I complete the work requirement?
I plan to apply for a work permit after November 30, 2014. Does that mean I cannot be part of the Live-in Caregiver Program?
The cut-off date of November 30, 2014, applies only to whether Service Canada has received an employer’s application for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). If your employer receives a positive decision on an LMIA application that was received by Service Canada on or before November 30, 2014, you will be able to apply for a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit. You will also eventually be able to apply for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program if and when you have met the requirements to do so.
Will I meet the language and education requirements of the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pathways?
Can I use work experience in more than one occupation to be able to apply for permanent residence through the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway?
What work experience must I get to be able to apply for permanent residence through the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pathway?
To qualify for the Caring for Children Pathway, you must have two years of full-time work experience in Canada, authorized by a work permit, as a home child care provider (National Occupation Classification 4411). You must have cared for children under the age of 18. Foster parents are not eligible to apply for permanent residence through the Caring for Children Pathway. To qualify for the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway, you must have two years of full-time work experience in Canada, authorized by a work permit, in one of the following occupation groups:
- Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
- Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233)
- Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413)
- Home support workers and related occupations, but not Housekeepers and related occupations (NOC 4412)
Can my family come to Canada with me if I am a live-in caregiver?
Family members do not normally come to Canada with people working under the Live-in Caregiver Program. Even if an employer agrees that a family member can live with you in the home where you will provide care, future employers may not agree to the same terms. Also, you may not make enough money to support your family members in Canada. However, you may be allowed to bring your family with you if you satisfy a visa officer that:
- you have enough money to care for and support your family members in Canada, and
- your employer will let them live in the home where you will provide care. For further information, contact us.