Open work permits issued to live-in caregivers

According to this CBC News article, at least 10,000 open work permits have been issued to live-in caregivers (more details here).

Many advocates of live-in caregivers say the move is unprecedented, as the open work permit allows live-in caregivers to come to Canada but not have to be tied directly to the family that sponsored them to come to Canada.

This results in live-in caregivers being able to choose work that is safe for them without having to leave Canada – something live-in caregivers have found difficult in the past, especially if the families that sponsored them were abusive or unfair.

Effectively, the Canadian government has protected the rights of the live-in caregivers while still allowing them to work in Canada.

The Canadian government had not made a public announcement about the open work permits, and the CBC has been unable to get a comment on the issue from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It is not yet known if this is a permanent change to immigration policy or just a one-time deal.

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

6 thoughts on “Good news for live-in caregivers: open work permits

  1. sukhdeep

    I was live in caregiver now i have open work permit can i apply open work permit of my husband and study visa of my child

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    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Sukhdeep,

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  2. Zyntjia Apan

    Hello. How can i apply for open work visa for caregiver…i was denied last year when i was in the phil…so im working here in hongkong for 3 months already and im planning to apply again as a caregiver…

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    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Zyntija,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! We would love to help you apply for a work visa, but we do have to take a closer look at your case to determine what we can do to help you. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions, plus it will increase the chance of getting a visa approved. Please, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to give you the best legal advice.

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  3. gurjeet singh mavi

    How can I apply for open work visa for caregiver? I did six month training course.

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    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Gurjeet. We will need to know more about the details of your situation. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-416-410-7484 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

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