UPDATE 2/8/2018: IRCC released a statement saying that Caregivers can still apply for Permanent Residency after the 2019 deadline. Read here to find out more.
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
- Caregivers are no longer required to live with employers.
- Caregivers are required to have a valid Work Permit in an eligible occupation.
- 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:
- If you haven’t applied yet: 12 months
- If you submitted your application before October 1, 2017: IRCC will start processing your application on December 31, 2018.
- 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.
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.