Requirement Changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program
As recently reported in the Vancouver Sun – Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced that the federal immigration department has dropped the live-in requirement from its caregiver program. The federal government has also divided the program, which offers permanent residence to caregivers after working two years in Canada, into 2 streams – Child Care and a new Health Care Provider category. It has also, for the first time, imposed a cap on the program of 5,500 per year, divided evenly between the two streams. The government typically receives about 4,500 applications per year through the program, according to a Citizenship and Immigration Canada news release.
The cap will allow the government to process new permanent resident applications from live-in caregivers within six months, instead of the current three years. This will reduce the time the mostly female caregivers are separated from their own families to about two and a half years. Caregivers must work for two years before they can apply for permanent resident status.
The government also announced an immigration target of between 260,000 and 285,000 for 2015, an increase of 19,000 over 2014. Economic immigrants — such as skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs — will constitute 65% of overall admissions, with the remaining 35% divided between family class and refugees.
We will report more on this and other related immigration stories as the information becomes available.
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