Changes to The Live in Caregiver Program- In-home Caregiver
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Hi, this is Paula from visaplace.com. Recent changes announced that the live-in caregiver program have now been implemented. As of November 30th, 2014, families that seek to hire caregivers for child care, elder care or care for the disabled will now have to go through a more complicated process in order to do so. As of November 30th, 2014, the following changes have been made.
Reforms to The Live in Caregiver Program
The living caregiver program is now called in home caregivers. Employers will have the option to hire caregivers, nurses, or aides, depending on the qualification of that job. Caregivers will also have the choice of whether they wish to live in the home of their employer or live out. And if an employer does hire a caregiver to live in their home, that employer cannot deduct from pay or charge the employee for room and board.
Employers must also pay the medium prevailing wage in the city or province that the work is performed in and employers that hire from abroad must advertise their position for a minimum of four weeks and provide evidence of the results of their recruitment efforts. Two streams have been created for caregivers looking to apply for permanent residence with the total of 5,500 applications being accepted per year. Employers must also submit an application for a labor market impact assessment or an LMIA and also pay a $1,000 filing fee. There are no refunds for refusals and refusals cannot be appealed or reconsidered. So it’s imperative that an employer understands and is aware of the requirements of an application before submitting one. For more information, please visit our website, visaplace.com.
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About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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