NEW CAREGIVER PROGRAM

Since the close of the original Live-In Caregiver Program in 2014, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) established two new pathways to Permanent Residence under the new Caregiver Program. These pathways are:

1. CARING FOR CHILDREN

If you’ve been working in Canada as a home child care provider, you might be able to apply for Permanent Residence through the Caring for Children Program. Read more about it here.

2. CARING FOR PEOPLE WITH HIGH MEDICAL NEEDS

If you’ve been working in Canada caring for people with high medical needs, you may be able to apply for Permanent Residence through the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program. Read more about it here.

IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CAREGIVER PROGRAM

  1. Caregivers are no longer required to live with employers.
  2. Caregivers are required to have a valid Work Permit in an eligible occupation.
  3. Caregivers are now required to meet language and educational requirements.

PROCESSING TIMES FOR PR APPLICATIONS

As of January 15, 2018, processing times for applications for Permanent Residence under the Caregiver Program are as follows:

  1. If you haven’t applied yet: 12 months
  2. If you submitted your application before October 1, 2017: IRCC will start processing your application on December 31, 2018.
  3. If you submitted your application on or after October 1, 2017: 12 months.

ABOUT PROCESSING TIMES

Processing times tell you how long it will take IRCC to process your application after receiving your complete application package.

Processing times can vary, depending on how many applications IRCC needs to process. To avoid delays in your application, make sure that it is complete before submission.

CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION ONLINE

If it has been longer than the time shown since you applied, and you cannot check the status of your application online using this link here.

You can also contact IRCC using this form here.

IRCC CLIENT SUPPORT SERVICES

If you need further assistance you can call IRCC’s call centre at 1-888-242-2100. This number is available from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please note that you must be in Canada to call this number. Call centre agents are not authorized to make decisions on applications and can not expedite applications unless you meet the criteria for urgent processing.

FAQs

WHAT IF I ARRIVED IN CANADA UNDER THE LIVE-IN CAREGIVER PROGRAM?

If you arrived in Canada under the Live-In Caregiver Program, you can still apply for Permanent Residence provided you have met the work requirements of the program.

WHAT IF MY EMPLOYER HAS ALREADY SUBMITTED THE APPROVED LMIA TO ESDC BEFORE NOVEMBER 30, 2014?

You can still apply for a Work Permit under the old Live-In Caregiver program provided that your employer submitted the approved Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) before November 30, 2014.

Related links

  • Canada is one of a handful of countries in the world where OFWs can apply for Permanent Residency. To learn more, click here.
  • You need to show money in the bank during your application for immigration to Canada. To learn more, click here.
  • There are many different programs you can use to apply for Permanent Residency. To learn more, click here.
  • Need to renew your Philippine passport? We have the complete list of contact information for the Philippine Embassy and the different Consulates. To learn more, click here.
  • The Government of Canada has waived the application fees for hiring Caregivers. To learn more, click here.
  • Jollibee is continuing its aggressive expansion into the Canadian market. To learn more, click here.
  • Being a Canadian citizen comes with a lot of rights and responsibilities. To learn more, click here.
  • Are you thinking about working in Canada? Then you should read about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. To learn more, click here.

Quick Facts

  • The Philippines is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa. The Philippines also has three consulates-general in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver and honourary consular offices in Edmonton, Winnipeg, St. John’s, Halifax and Charlottetown.
  • According to the 2011 census, 662,600 people of Philippine origin are now residing in Canada.
  • In 2015, Canada welcomed more than 50,000 permanent residents from the Philippines, making it Canada’s top source country for permanent residents that year.
  • In 2016, Canada issued nearly 35,000 visas to Filipinos for tourism.

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