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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?

To work as a caregiver on a live-out basis, your employer will need a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and you will need to apply for a new work permit based on that LMIA. In addition, you would have to apply for permanent residence through the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pathway, and not through the Live-in Caregiver Program.

I am already working as a live-in caregiver. Will I be able to apply for permanent residence when I complete the work requirement?

Yes. You may continue working as a live-in caregiver and apply for permanent residence when you meet the work requirement. You do not need to switch to one of the new pathways. If you choose to remain in the Live-in Caregiver Program pathway, your eligibility for permanent residence will still be based on the requirements of that program. This includes the requirement to live in the home of your employer. If you choose to apply to the Caring for Children Pathway or the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway, your eligibility for permanent residence will be based on the requirements of those pathways.

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?

Language ability and education are assessed as part of the work permit application for foreign nationals applying to the Live-in Caregiver Program. With the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pathways to permanent residence, language ability and education will be assessed as part of the application for permanent residence. Like other economic immigration programs, these assessments will be based on a designated third-party language test and, if necessary, an Educational Credential Assessment from a designated organization.

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?

No. You must have two years of full-time work experience in Canada in a single eligible occupation. For example, you would be eligible to apply if you had two years of experience as a licensed practical nurse or as a registered nurse, but you would not be eligible to apply if you had one year of experience as a licensed practical nurse and one year of experience as a registered nurse.

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.