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Live in Care Givers can apply for Canadian Work Permits earlier

Work Visas Rules for Live in Care Givers Change

Live in Caregivers have been in the news over the last year. Concerns over abuse in the work place have raised issues about whether they should be able to leave their employers during the process for permanent residence. The Canadian government has in response allowed Live  in Care givers the option of applying for Open Work Permits giving them more flexibility in terms of employment options. For more information, see the LMIA guidelines.

This means Live in Caregivers can now apply for employment before being approved in the first stages of their permanent residence application. Before this change, they were tied to their one employer until their application for permanent residence was preliminary approved. Now, they can apply for open work permits enabling them to work in other fields for other employers.

The new Open work permit rule for Live in Caregivers allow them to apply for an Work Permits as soon as they have met their obligations of employment and submitted their application for permanent residence. This means that they can apply for work in other jobs much earlier in the process.

These changes were designed to protect Live in Caregivers against abuse in the work place. Once they have meet the eligibility requirements for permanent residence and submitted their applications, they are free to leave their place of employment and work elsewhere.

What are the requirements for Permanent Residence for Live in Caregivers?

Live in caregivers must complete 3900 hours or two years of employment in Canada before being eligible for Canadian permanent residence. They have to live in the home of their employer during their two year employment, have a minum high school education, be able to converse in English or French and must have taken either a 6 month course in caregiving or have had  previously  one year of experience as a live in caregiver.

These new rules granting live in caregivers open work permits, open the door for live in caregivers. Also as significant is that live in caregivers can also apply for permanent residence within four years of coming to Canada rather than three as was the case in the past. This means that they have more time to make their 3900 hours in order to apply for permanent residence.

The life of a live in caregiver now is made easier and safer under the new rules. In addition to open work permit rule, other measures to protect them include:

  • a second medical examination is no longer required for a live in caregiver when applying for  permanent residence;
  • Urgent work permit processing where there is abuse a standardized employment contract concerning mutual agreement on  salary, hours of work, vacation time, overtime, holidays, sick leave, and the terms of termination and resignation;
  • employer is are required to pay the caregiver’s Canadian travel expenses,  medical insurance, workplace safety insurance and third-party representative fees;
  • ensuring that the job offer to live in caregivers is genuine and their are adequate living conditions
  • compliance rules for employers who have failed to  meet their obligations of their job contracts.

These measures were put in place to ensure that wages and work place conditions are up to standard for live in caregivers. With this new change allowing them to apply for open work visas, they now have the flexibility of changing jobs earlier in the application process.

What about the Employers of Live in Caregivers?

For employers, however, these changes mean more uncertainly. Sponsoring a live in caregiver from abroad, waiting for the application to be approved, paying very large travel costs and not even knowing if their prospective employee is a “good fit” for their families, makes it hard for employers desperate for live in help. Now with these changes, Live in Caregivers are less tied to their employers who rely on them to stay the course until their permanent residence status is granted or at least until they are approved in principle for permanent residence. Now much earlier on in the process, live in caregivers can leave their employers which means more uncertainly for employers who rely on help for their children or the elderly.

There are two sides to every story and these changes seem to be in conflict with the interests of live in caregivers and their employers. But the trend is clear: The government wants to treat live in caregivers live regular Canadian employees giving them the rights of mobility and work place protection that Canadians enjoy. And who can blame them?

 

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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

126 thoughts on “Live in Care Givers can apply for Canadian Work Permits earlier

  1. Anonymous

    Hi, i just got my working visa under live in caregiver program. Im from the philippines and im going to kelowna,bc this month. May i ask if i can get part time jobs aside my being caregiver?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyer (rachel)

      Hello,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! You may be eligible to apply for an open work permit while working as a caregiver, however you may have to meet certain obligations first. 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.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  2. grace quizon

    iam a nurse board passer in Philippines and currently working as a dental nurse for 6 years in Kuwait. am i qualify for caregiver in canada? thank you.

    Reply
    1. Rachel

      Hi Grace,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! With your experience as a nurse you may be eligible to apply a work permit with a job offer to be a caregiver. You may also qualify to immigrate under Express Entry. 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.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  3. Summer

    Hi I just want to ask if I’m qualified to apply as a live in caregiver in Canada but I don’t have 72 units I’m just a high school graduate in the Philippines. Thank you

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Summer,

      Thank you for contacting us at VisaPlace! Every case is different, and we would love to see if you are eligible for a visa in order to immigrate to Canada successfully and be a caregiver. 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.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  4. raman

    Hlo sir.i have domestic worker visa in cyprus.i came here on august 2016.for 6 months i worked as chid care and i changed my employer nd now i am taking care of 81 year old lady from 2 months .i want to ask that can i apply for canada as nanny care after completion of i year nd i have also 5.5 band in ielts.is there any problem that i have two employer or not?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Raman,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! With your extended experience in Child Care, you may qualify for a Canadian work permit. I do need to take a closer look at your case. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring. 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 you and 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.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  5. ivy

    hi im a live in caregiver here in vancouver. i just want to know how will i change employer or can i shift my career to other job, because my employer is not giving me any salary, because as what she said she is paying my tax and medical insurance and im living with her free of everything…i dont have a day off and im really getting depressed so i dont know if i can deal with this for year and 10 months…

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Ivy,
      Unfortunately, we are not a job searching company so we do not know where you could find a different caregiving job. But if you need to switch professions we may be able to help you obtain a different visa for that profession. Hiring an immigration lawyer will help you get answers to all of your questions plus it will also increase the chance of approval of the visa you are inquiring. 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 you and 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.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  6. Jennifer

    I both have a nursing degree and a certificate for teaching, passed the board of nursing and for teachers. I am currently working as a school nurse and as a substitute teacher in our academy. My aunt at Alberta has found me an employer and wants me to process my papers as a live in caregiver, i was wondering if my experience is already qualified or do i still need to have the 6months training as a caregiver? Thank u

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you have contacted us! I can understand how the laws and regulations for work visas can be quite confusing but don’t worry, we are here to help you. We have helped thousands of clients in similar situations. I would love to help you during this process of becoming a caregiver! Hiring one of our immigration lawyers helps you during your visa process by providing step by step legal advice and conversation about your case.

      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 you and 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.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  7. jeff

    hi. im a filipino . they said education equivalent here in philippines will less 2yrs into a canadian eduacation.. im a 2yr grad of Associates in Hotel and Restaurant management and planning to take a professional caregiver of child care. my uncle is in toronto canada . he will petition me for a work for his son and daughter. so my question here is am i qualify to go in canada ? is there any problem ? or its too risky to go because of my school attain.?

    Reply
    1. Immigration Lawyers

      Hi Jeff,

      I’m glad you contacted us! In order to know if you qualify for work visas, student visa, or visit visas, I highly recommend hiring an immigration lawyer to review your case and give you the best chances of being approved for Canadian immigration. Please Jeff, 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 you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to get you status here in Canada.

      The above response is for informational purposes only and does not form a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be construed to be legal advice.

      Reply
  8. Manoj

    Hi… I am a Sri Lankan working in Israel as a care giver for last 1 year and 2 months.. I have a dream to come to Canada.. Reading all this my care giving experience may help me to come to Canada.. can you please tell me and guide me if there is any chnce… Thank you…

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Manjo. 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

      Reply
  9. Imelda

    Hi I come to Canada as a caregiver,I landed here since July 16 2015, andi get a work permit for two years,but the employeer who sponsored me said that she don’t need me anymore I never meet them, so I stayed at my cousin house who married to a Canadian,I tried to look for a new employeer but it takes me a year to find one,my old work permit is going to expire on July 15 2017 ,but I already apply for a new work permit with another employeer,what I’m worried is,if I don’t get a new work permit until the old work permit expire,do I need to leave canada thanks….

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Imelda. Thank you for writing to us. 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

      Reply
  10. Yen

    Hi! I have a question, what will happen if you applied for the open work permit but then your employer released you before it arrives. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Yen. An Open Work Permit is not necessarily tied to one 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

      Reply
  11. Ayreez

    Hi Good day, I just want to ask regarding my status here in Canada I came last August 2016 under In Home Caregiver, There are condition in my working permit that I must leave canada by august of 2018, and in the remarks it says that “Applicant is not under LCP, nor are they eligible to apply for PR under this program” does it mean there is no chance for me to apply for PR? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ayreez. Contact us so that we can get all the details of your situation and we can see if we can help you. 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

      Reply
  12. Beth

    Hi, im a Filipino, i have a prospective employer, he is german in Edmonton, Canada. He has 2 sons (twins) – 15 years old, he wants me to hire to work in their house to take care of his sons and at the same time do the household chores. Im willing to take a 6 month caregiver course to meet the immigration reqts for live in caregiver. What are my chances? Do you have office in Edmonton, can my employer get an advice from your office about the best way to hire me.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Beth. Thank you for writing to us. The caregiver visa program has some specific requirements that must be met. I am going to suggest that your prospective employer contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan the best strategy so that they can hire you as a live-in caregiver. Your employer can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  13. Sam

    I have bachelors of nursing degree and can I apply for caregiver without any other training and experience?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Sam. You need a 6 month accredited caregiver course, or 12 months of paid caregiver experience. You may want to see if your degree will be recognized for the caregiver visa program.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  14. Jhezel

    Hi. I’m a live in caregiver here in Canada for 8months it happened that I quit my job due to unfairly treatment.in my contract I have to give one month notice before I can leave,so I did, but it happened that my employer decided to give me the last day after a week I gave my notice. Now they want me to send back in my hometown. My question is can they harm me and report to cic to whatever reason? My other question is. In my work permit, the remarks was not part of LCP and not eligible for applying permanent residency.4 years the limited stay. What is that supposed to mean? If am working as live in caregiver child care? Does my 8 months of working will be counted if I apply pr or I have to start to zero counting my months to apply pr?
    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Jhezel. Canadian Immigration has specific regulations on how employers must treat their employees in the caregiver category. I suggest that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you keep your status given the conditions that you nay have been put through. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  15. Aman

    Hello
    I am working in Canada as a caregiver I came here in June 16th this year but am not happy with my employers they are not good to me I am working 24/7 and they are not paying me for extra hours and weekends and still they complaining what to do in this situation I can’t go out to find any another employer and scared too if I will say her anything she will send me back to India is there any another option to stay here please suggest me

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Amen. Thank you for writing to us. Your employer does not have the jurisdiction to send you anywhere, only Canadian immigration has the power to do that after reviewing your case. Your employer has rules that they must follow regarding how they treat you. 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 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  16. Kara

    Hi, I’m looking to hire a live in care giver who is currently in Canada on a visitor’s visa. Will she have to leave Canada before we submit the application, or can we submit it with her current Canadian address? I understand she will have to apply for her work permit at a visa office outside Canada, but my question is whether her mailing address in South America should be the address appearing on my LMIA application, rather than her Canadian mailing address.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Kara, 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 evalaute if there are any situtations that would allow the caregiver to stay in Canada while the LMIA is being processed. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  17. Cara

    Cara
    Hello I been here in the live in caregiver program since Jan 2015 I am about to finish my contract for two years and I my work permit expires Jan 2017 but my employer did not want me to extend …when I apply for permanent residence i would be applying for both open work and permanent in the event that my papers are in process is there a possibility that my husband can sponsored while I have the open work status assuming ….?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Cara. You cannot sponsor a spouse unless you are a Canadian citizen, or you already have permanent residency status. If you need help with your applications to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  18. Rachelle

    Im working here in hongkong for 3 yrs as a DH and currently waiting for my LMIA to be approve. Im a Filipino and my soon to be employer is also a Filipino who is a Canadian Citizen with a daughter who is already 9 years old. Im worried because my agency here in HK told me that I got only 60% chance that my visa will be approve since my employer is a Filipino .The visa officers might think that the job is not genuine after all. Is this true?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Rachelle. Canada does not discriminate based on the nationality of the employer.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  19. Ken

    Good day. I’m a live-in caregiver here in canada, and about to apply for my open work permit in a few months time. I just want to clarify the opw requirements of 3,900 hours, will this include the 20 days vacation period that I’ve utilized as written in my contract?

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Ken. Yes. your 3,900 hours will include the 20 days vacation period that was written into your contract. If you need help with your application to make sure that you are not making any mistakes, and so that you will have a legal team taking care of all the matters that may arise, then please contact us to book a consultation with one of our immigration professionals. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  20. Cel

    Hi everyone!

    I’m Cel a Filipino citizen from Doha Qatar working as live in caregiver for 17 months now.
    I’m Midwifery graduate and a certified caregiver with updated First Aid and CPR certificate.
    My previous work was in Seoul Korea for 2 years as nanny (2012 to 2014). I am illegally worked there but i have proofs to show like my passport with entry year 2012 and exit 2014 stamp and passbook for my salary. I can also show pictures and videos of children whom I took cared.
    I know I’m qualified to the LIVE IN CAREGIVER PROGRAM.
    My question is..is my employment in Seoul Korea will affect my application in Canada?

    I hope to find legal answers from my situation.
    Thank you so much.

    Cel

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Cel, Your work in Korea should not have an effect on you application, provided you meet all the requirements for the caregiver program: 6 months course or 12 months of paid experience, English knowledge to handle an emergency.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  21. Michelle Miller

    Hi There

    I am hoping you can help, i am looking to move to canada and work as a live in care giver, i have no formal qualifications but have worked as a nanny/childcarer on an off for the last 8 years. I also was the manager of a childcare establishment in the UK.

    Can i apply for the visa while in Canada or would i need to be in the UK? How long does the process take for the visa to be approved and are their restrictions in hiring foreign live in caregivers due to the economic down turn in Canada specifically Calgary where the unemployment rate is currently sitting at roughly 6.3%.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Michelle. The caregiver program has specific rules that must be met in order to qualify. 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 evaluate your situation in detail and plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  22. Maria Grace Beringuel

    Hello,

    I am a Certified Caregiver for both Elderly and childcare. It seems that it is hard for me to find an employer who are willing to sponsor from Philippines. I have a sister in Ontario, she is married to a Canadian and a Citizen already. They don’t have children.

    My option is, I will apply Express Entry under Federal Skilled Worker. But it will take a year or two to process the application. Can my sister be my employer and hire me as their Housekeeper? Please help me. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Maria. Thank you for writing to us. A position as a housekeeper does not qualify under the Canadian Caregiver Immigration Program.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  23. Marie

    Good day, I want to know if I am qualified in caregiver program I am undergraduate of BS medical technology here in philippines, i have more than 120units in college and I got certificate of caregiver. I have my employer and waiting for my LMIA, do you think I will be approved by the visa officer? And if I apply for PR in canada am I also qualified? Please response. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Muga Rajbhandari

      Hello Marie. The requirements for a Canadian caregiver visa is a 6-month caregiver course, or 1 year of paid full time experience. From what you have written it appears that your certificate of caregiver may qualify. The approval is at the sole desecration of the reviewing immigration officer. The thoroughness of the preparation of the application and the LMIA will be a major factor.
      Regards, Muga

      Reply
  24. Von

    hi, am von…i arrived in Ontario last October 2014 and started working as Live in caregiver(LMO) and my contract expires October 2016. I intend to apply for open work permit and Permanent Residency right after my contract expires without filing an extension. Am i allowed to do that, does it affects in any way my application for open work permit and permanent residency?

    thanks and hoping for your prompt response.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Von. You must apply for your permanent residency (PR) before you can apply for an open work permit. You will have to extend your current work visa to give yourself enough time to apply for your PR which can only happen after you have worked in Canada for 2 full years.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Von

        hi and thank you for the response….just to clarify….i will end my 2 full year contract on October 2016 as live in caregiver, what if my employer doesn’t extend my contract, can i still apply for Permanent Residency together with open work permit after completing my 2 year contract?

        Thanks

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Von. Yes you can apply for your permanent residency after two years, even if your employer does not extend your work.
          Regards, Muga

          Reply
  25. Kamille

    Hi, I arrived in canada as a live-in caregiver last november 2014, my employer (and also my friend) asked a favor if he can pay me less than what is in the contract and he will take care of everything like taxes, insurance, etc. I agreed in the said agreement so I can apply for PR after 2 yrs. after I received my notice of tax assessment i found out that they are paying less taxes than what is expected, will that affect my PR appplication even though I continued to work there and completed the 2 yrs. thank you for your response!

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Kamille. Thank you for writing to us. The fact that your assessment says that you owe taxes should not have an affect on your PR application, but you must make sure that you pay your taxes up to date.
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Kamille

        Thank you for your reply Mr. Vahe, as stated in my T4 my yearly income for 2015 is less than $10,000, but my taxes are up to date. Does yearly income or taxes paid will affect my PR application? can I still apply for PR after 24 mos of employment under the live-in caregiver program?

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Kamille. The amount of money that your make does not affect your application. You must make sure that in the 24 months of employment you fulfill the necessary hours of full-time working to be able to apply for permanent residency.
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
          1. Kamille

            Oh okay, what if I don’t complete the 3900 hours? I’m only needed for a shorter period of time than usual, Can I still apply for PR thru the 24 mos of employment?
            Thanks Mr.Vahe!

            Reply
            1. Vahe Mirzoyan

              Hello Kamille. 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 evaluate your complete situation to see what the best path for you to take is. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
              Regards, Vahe

              Reply
  26. kevashbulo

    hi! i just wanna ask about my working permit, will expired on june 27,2016. if i need to renew for another working permit and using my old contract one of the requirements for renewing my working permit, while waiting for my open permit. thanks a lot in advance.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello. You may need a new Labour Market Impact Assessment to get a new work permit. It is very hard to tell you specifically because you have not provided all the details of yourself, and 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 get all the informaiton from you to be able to plan the best strategy for you. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  27. mary

    Hi I am in live in caregiver program when I don’t have employer yet.i am only here 3 months .can I travel to my country for some personal issues.my visa stated multiple visa but work permit is written no authorization to re entry.what it’s mean.its mean I can’t re enter in canada.if I don’t to work as live in caregiver. Can I get open work permit .Thanx

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Mary. In order to give you the best advice possible we will need to know a lot more about your situation; your visas, your work experience, etc. I am going to strongly 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, so that you do not face a denial when you try to come back after your visit to your home country. You can book an appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
  28. Mary of Montreal

    Dear Mr.Niren ,
    Thank you for having posts/forums online. I have a few questions regarding the new Canadian Caregiver Program(CCP). My sister is currently on process with work permit at the Canadian Visa Application Center( CVAC ) in Hongkong. My concern is she has only 72 units in college( a Midwifery graduate , licensed). Say, after her 2 yrs in home caregiver position in Quebec, will she qualify to apply for PR? Her 72 units education will just be equivalent to a High school undergrad in Canada. How and where can she study to complete her high school and be eligible to apply for PR and be selected? Please advise. Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Mari. Working in Canada will greatly increase your sister’s chances for a successful permanent residency. She will find that there are many educational institutions in Quebec where she will be working where she will be able to pursue her studies. You will have to check directly with the educational institutions to see what equivalency they will provide.
      Best of luck, Vahe

      Reply
  29. christine allen

    I came to canada in 2014 to work at tom hortons and i have found an employer who want to hire for caregiver job for his daughter would i of to go back home to apply for lcp or i can summit my application for a work permit with in canada and still get the chance to beckme permanent residence after the two year.

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hi Christine. I will need to know what your current status in Canada is? Were you on a study permit, a work permit, or a visitor visa?
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. christine

        i am on implied status and waiting on the lmia to be approved.what i want to know is when i get that lmia should i apply for my work permit with in canada or outside of canda because i was reading on cic website in order to optained pr through the careing for children the application for the permit should be made outside of canada

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Hello Christine. It is not cleared what your implied status is that you mentioned in your note. If you are a citizen of a visa exempt country, then you can apply for a child-care work permit at the border. If you are not from that category of country, you will have to do it from outside Canada. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
  30. Marichar Atienza

    Im an international student here in canada and I finished the PSW program already. Now there is an employer who wants to hire me as caregiver for an elderly. I have a nursing degree also back in the philippines. Can I apply under live in caregiver here in Canada? Hope you could help me. Thank you

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Hello Maricher. Yes, with a job offer you can apply to work as a caregiver in Canada, with an eventual path to becoming a permanent resident. I am going to suggest that you contact us to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who can assess your situation and advise on the best strategy to take. To make the appointment you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or book the appointment online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
      Regards, Vahe

      Reply
      1. Marichar Atienza

        Does it mean I can apply inside canada?

        Reply
        1. Vahe Mirzoyan

          Yes. Provided that you currently have legal status in Canada.
          Regards, Vahe

          Reply
          1. GEM

            Hi would like further address on this kind of situation as well.. i have the same case like Marichar.
            so if we are a International student, meaning after our course ( PSW program)
            we applied for a PGWP(post graduate work permit) whivh is only valid for 1 year.
            do we need our new found employer to get a LMIA and do we need to change our status as PGWP to extend our stay in canada and work for our employer?
            how does it work? what is the best thing to do?
            because they said that after our PGWP we need to go home back to our contry.
            Thank you and wll wait for your kind response.

            Reply
            1. Vahe Mirzoyan

              Thank you for writing to us. In order for you to stay past your Post Graduate Work Permit, you will need an LMIA and a work permit. It is possible to accomplish but you have to act quickly. If your PGWP expires and you do not leave the county before the LMIA, you will be out of status and not eligible for any further visas. I am going to suggest that you contact us as soon as possible to make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to plan a strategy to help you the fastest and most dependable way. To make an appointment, you can call us at 1-855-886-8472 or you can book an appointment directly online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
              Regards, Vahe

              Reply
              1. Gem

                Thank you for the advise, and enlightening me I will definitely contact you as soon as I found an employer.
                Have a great day.

                Reply
  31. Danrich

    Hi..i would like to ask if it affects my processing for p.r if i go home after i applied for p.r and not release yet?im planning to go home to my country after i pass my application for p.r..but i dont know if it will affect the processing..i will still be working with the same employer when i go back..thanks!

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Danrich. I recommend that you stay in Canada until your PR processing is completed, and you have your PR card. Leaving will give the immigration officer the impression that you were not serious about becoming a permanent resident.
      Regards
      Vahe

      Reply
  32. Pau

    hello i would like to ask regarding my status to my employer, my employer just want to hire me for two years only,i started working august 05,2014 up to now. after i finish my two years iam qualified for applying OWP and PR. do i need to look another employer while i do process on my papers?please give me advice for this.thank you.

    Reply
  33. Beth Abejar

    Hi there!
    I am a live in caregiver under LCP who arrived here in Canada Nov 29,2011. Last Sept 2015 I applied for permanent residency under Caring for Children Class.My application was approved really quick & was schedule right away for landing appointment but 2 of my children were not included to be my dependents because they did not meet the definition of a dependent.My daughters were 20 and 19 and I thought my application will be assessed using the pre-ammended definition of a dependent child.I seek help from my MP but still CIC did not revised their decision and I was forced to withdraw my application because I cannot leave my daughters back home.I applied again for permanent residency under the LCP but I am worried if my application will still be accepted because I am beyond 4yrs now here in Canada and my work permit will be expiring on Feb 28,2016.I also worry that I might not be approved for an open work permit which I included in my permanent residency application under LCP and be sent home?Please help me clear my mind.I am so exhausted and stresses about my situation.Thank you very much.

    Yours truly,
    Beth

    Reply
  34. Carla Ortiz

    Hi

    My open permit will expire on March 2016. I am going to apply for an extension on Dec 2015. Do I need to submit a medical exam for extending my stay as a worker here in Canada?
    Thanks

    Reply
  35. jazmin

    Hi , I’M elegible to apply for the permanent residence in December. But I’m concerned about my vacation that I had.
    On my first year ,I couldn’t have any holidays as I was changing employers and they paid me for the holidays. I didn’t work under the table as I finish working at the end of November and started working with the other family the 1st of December.
    Now this year I traveled to the us on a Long weekend and I went back home for more than the 10 days that I had on my contract. The family that I work for, pay for all the days that I went on vacation
    How does it work?
    If I went to the us on a long weekend does it count as days of work? or because it was out of Canada it doesn’t count?
    I only have ten days per year of holidays in my contact. It would be 20 days vacations for the 2 years of wor. Or is it working 23 months and have 1 month of paid holidays allowable?
    Thanks in advance,I hope you can help me

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Jazmin.

      The minimum of 1,560 hours of work is considered as one-year full-time experience. However, there are requirements that you need to satisfy in order to claim your experience.

      Please Jazmin, 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 you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for you to take.

      Vahe

      Reply
  36. Glenda

    Hi. Please advise me with this. I got here in Canada June 2013. Started to work for my employer July 2013 and we mutually terminated our contract September 2013. Then I started with my second employer July 2014 up to present. Both under the LCP program. My question is, can I include the 2mos that I worked for my first employer to complete the required 24mos in applying OWP and PR? Thank you so much for the help,

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for your inquiry Glenda. I am glad that you contacted us.

      Yes you can include that work experience if you had an authorization to work for that specific employer. There are certain requirements Glenda that you need to satisfy.

      Please Glenda, 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 you and your situation and so that I can review your documents to ensure whether or not you can claim that experience.

      Vahe

      Reply
  37. Jovy

    Hi!
    I am jovy and i am working here in Canada as a live in caregiver. My work permit will expires in February 2016 and I will be completing my 2 years of contract by then. My plan is to apply for work permit extension before starting to apply for my open permit and PR. But is it possible that I will apply for open permit instead even if I am still on my 22 months?

    Reply
    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you Jovy for your inquiry.
      Applying for a new permit can be complicated. In order for me to give you the most accurate advice, I would need to learn more about your situation and qualifications. Please complete this form for me, http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will give me all the information I need to proceed. You will be contacted once your assessment form has been reviewed.
      Best regards,
      Vahe

      Reply
  38. MJoy

    Hello there! i came here in Canada NOvember 15, 2012 under LCP program. I was expecting to finished my contract with them November 15,2014 but unfortunately they released me October 2, 2014. I was surprised and saddened about the situation. I had all my permanent resident and open work permit ready with me by then thought I can apply then.Anyway, after two weeks I found new employer. i was so happy but there were changes November 30,2014. They required employer to get LMIA. We applied fo LMIA January of 2015, got approved by end of June 2015. Applied for work permit first week of July 2015 and its been 3 months and I am still waiting for it to be approve. My question, am I eligible to apply for Care for Children (new program) or should stay under Live in Caregiver Program. If you guys were to ask, what can you suggest? If i have my new work permit, I only need to work at least 45 days to my new employer to complete the 24 months contract, is that right? or at least 65 hours to complete my 3900 hours? I hope you can give me more suggestions about my problem. I appreciate all your help!

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello MJoy,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I would be more than happy to assist you and answer all your questions, but it was difficult for me to understand the inquiry at hand. Kindly complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ as it will provide me with all the details I need to obtain from you to be able to advise you accurately. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

      Reply
  39. Mary Beth Dulay

    I came here in canada last May 28, 2014 under LCP and my work permite expired May 27, 2016…
    Before my work permit expired, do i need to apply extension work permit or open work permit and PR

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Mary Beth,

      Thank you for your post. I would advise that you apply for PR as soon as you are eligible to, that way you can be selected without needing to apply for a Work Permit again. MF

      Reply
  40. Mariana

    Hello! I came to Canada under live-in caregiver program in August 2015. I had worked during two months but I had to leave my job and came back home to Ukraine in October. My visa is available till June,2016,but my work permit is for my previous employer. At the moment I am in Ukraine and I’d like to come back to Canada and go on working under this program. What should I do, if I find a family to work for. Have I apply for a new visa in Ukraine and start all the proces again, or can I apply only for new work permit in Canada? How long does it take to get a new work permit. Pleae, help me with your advice. Hope to hear you soon. Thank you!

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Mariana,

      Thank you for your post. Unfortunately, you would not be able to continue working on your existing Work Permit because Temporary Work Permits offered to foreign nationals are specific to only one employer. You will need to find a new employer if you do not wish to continue with the previous one, apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment, as well as a new Work Permit. Good luck on your job search! MF

      Reply
      1. Mariana

        Hello! Thank you for your reply! Tell me, please, can I apply for a new work permit in Canada online, or I have to do it at Canadian ambassy in Ukraine? And how long does it take to get a new work permit? Thanks a lot
        Hope to hear you soon
        Mariana

        Reply
        1. Mira Freiwat

          Hello Mariana,

          Thank you for your reply. You would need to secure employment first, then ask your employer to provide you with a Labour Market Impact Assessment, and then you will be eligible to apply for a NEW Work Permit. MF

          Reply
  41. kaye

    hi ii would like to us how long it will take if i will pass my requiremnts for open permit and for permanent resident?thanks

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Kaye,

      Thank you for your post. CIC is working hard to select applicants that meet the requirements in 3 months or less. You can visit http://www.cic.gc.ca to continuously check on your status for any updates. MF

      Reply
  42. Fany

    I am a caregiver who has been working under 2 employment.

    My 1st employment was from 1 May 2013 – 20 December 2013, that makes 7 months 20 days

    My 2nd employment is from 21 February 2014 – 1 May 2015 ( that’s the date when I asked my employer to sign all document) which makes 14 months and 8 days.

    Can those 2 employment sum together and be 22 months ? (Count 20 day in Dec and 8 day in Feb as 1 month)
    What is the definition of month of employment in immigration term?

    I thank you in advance

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Fany,

      Thank you for your post. Yes, your 22 months of experience can be from multiple employers, and if you meet the 22 month requirement, you are one step closer to being eligible to apply. MF

      Reply
  43. sharmein ferret

    Hi i would like to ask if i can still be in the same live in caregiver program even if i decided to change employer? I am working under the old live in program for 4 months now , and i think me and my employer dont wok out , so if i found a new employer can i still be in under lcp?

    Reply
    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Sharmein,

      Thank you for your post. If you are on a closed work permit, you are limited to only be employed by that specific employer. If you wish to change jobs, you need to contact CIC so that they can mail you the appropriate paperwork so that your new employer can complete the necessary documents for you to ensure that you are not in breach of your work permit. MF

      Reply
  44. Susan

    Just want to know my sister is interested to work in Canada as live in caregiver.she used to work in Singapore fro almost 7 years as a household worker.my questions is how she can apply for a job?please reply thanks!

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Susan,

      Your sister would need to identify a Canadian employer and then obtain a Work Permit, along with meeting certain other requirements. We would be happy to help her immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  45. misty

    I am a nursing graduate. Can I apply as live in caregiver even without experience?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Misty,

      You will need at least six months’ training or at least one year of full-time paid work experience as a caregiver or in a related field or occupation (including six months with one employer) in the past three years. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  46. Princess

    Iam on a visitors visa in Canada,with 2years multiple entries,I got an employer who wants to hire me as a live in caregiver,she is 88years old,She is in the process of getting LMIA after which she will file work permit.My question is,do I need to go out to collect my work permit or are they going to send it to because the family is taking care of everything.Thanks for your help

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. Your work permit will be mailed to the address that you indicate on your application. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  47. Mary

    Hello, I’m a live in caregiver here in Canada. And I’m planning to have a vacation at my country (Philippines). I currently employed at my current employer. I’m planning to go back for vacation on May 2015 by that time I’m already 9 months at the same employer. Do I need to ask letter from them if I’ll be gone for a month?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Mary,

      You will have to examine the terms of your employment and documentation from the Canadian government. If you are not allowed to re-entry Canada (you don’t have a multiple entry permit) then you should probably not leave Canada for a vacation. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  48. sophie

    I came to Canada with a restricted work permit can I apply for a work permit under the live in care giver program ?? I have an employer and his willing to apply for my LMO but do I need to exit Canada so as to get into the live in care giver program or can I do from within Canada?

    Reply
  49. Anna

    I have work visa approved under live in caregiver program. Got the visa last october, plan to come to canada on march. Will the immig officer question me why i waited for 5 months? My employer has cancer/disabled.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Anna,

      They may ask you this, but it should not be problematic especially if you bring documentation which proves that your employer has a medical condition which impacted your decision.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  50. Sherrylgaye

    Good day Sir,
    I am a live-in caregiver and had met required time of stay/work for me to be able to apply for permanent residency but since i still have some documents to complete for the required documents of my family, my question would be, can i apply for an open permit first without me applying for my permanent residency yet?

    Your response will be highly appreciated.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thanks for the question. From the information given, it appears that you may be eligible to apply for an open work permit now. Please let us know if you require any assistance with this.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  51. joy

    does my certificate of training expires? i had it last 2004..

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Joy,

      Thanks for the question. Based on the CIC’s website, this document is not required for continuing to work as a live in caregiver. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  52. Anonymous

    Hi,
    I am on a visit visa in Canada.can I apply work permit as live in caregiver?

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello,

      Thank you for the question. If you are in Canada on a TRV, then it may be possible to apply for a Work Permit from within Canada, but that would depend on the details of your personal circumstances. Otherwise, it may also be possible for you to apply for a work permit from outside of Canada after your TRV expires. Either way, we would be glad to assist you in achieving your goal of working in Canada. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  53. Sunshine

    Hi Mr Niren, I’m under the LCP status. I have quite a few questions for you. My future employer applied for a LMIA and has been approved in 3 weeks,the letter will be received next week ( 4 weeks).Now I have to apply for a work permit. I was in another family before ,for only 2 months as it didn’t work out and we terminated 2 months ago. So I have a valid work permit under my former employers name. I would like to know if for the new work permit:

    1) I need to pass another medical exam. I passed one for the former family, on march 2014.

    2)If not, would the fact that I don’t need a medical exam accelerate my applicatiion?

    3) Do I need a new police clearance?

    4) Would my former work permit be “transfered” into my new employer’s name?

    5) Do you know how long does it take to have a work permit ( Alberta processing centre)?

    Also I would like to know, once the two years of LCP done, and once I applied for the OWP and PR, as my contract with this family would be only for 2 years so would be done, what would be my status?

    should I look for an another employer before the 2 years are done and do the process again?

    Thank you very much for your time.

    Best regards.

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Sunshine,

      Thank you for the questions. This is something that we can definitely help you with, and in order to assist you further with your new work permit application, we will require some more information about your personal circumstances. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
      1. Sushmeera chettri

        Hi this sushmeera here my quries are I came at january 19 2015, I m about to meet my contract terms after 7 months my employer wants to hire some other person after end of contract and I m willing to apply after 22 months what if I don’t renew my work permit from my employer will I be eligible to apply my open work permit programme and what will be required if I apply on 22 months for open work permit. Plz do reply.

        Reply
        1. Muga Rajbhandari

          Hello Sushmeera. Thank you for writing to us. Work visas are very specific for the employee and the employer. We will need to know all the details about your permit and 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 1-855-886-8472 or online at http://goo.gl/JFZqPm
          Regards, Muga

          Reply
  54. shanthilatha

    i need live in caregiver i have 6 years of work experience. i can speak english and greek. but i don’t know right way

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren Post author

      Hello Shanthilatha
      If you have experience as a live in caregiver, and have the required education, you may be able to qualify for a work permit to Canada under the Live in Caregiver program. However, you will need a job offer from a Canadian employer first. Once you get that job offer, your employer will have to apply for an LMO to Service Canada. Once that is approved, you can then apply for a work permit.
      Best
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  55. marilou M.Yutoc

    is it qualified me as a live-in caregiver to apply in canada?I have full time work as a caregiver8hrs n5:30am-1:30pmextra work. but I’m employed n work in dental center.at2pm10pm.

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello

      You can only qualify as a Live in Caregiver if you had one year of experience or took a course of 6 months for a live in Care giver. You would also need to speak English or French and have a minium of a high school education but usually a higher level is better. OF course you would first need a job offer in Canada.
      Regards
      Michael Niren

      Reply
  56. Hema

    I want to get a job as a care giver as I have over 6 year experience but am not getting a way thanks help me please,

    Reply
    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Hema

      Thank you for your question. Our law firm does not find jobs for Live in Caregivers. We will help you with a visa once you find a job. If you get a job contact us for help. Good luck!
      Regards
      Michael Niren

      Reply

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