Government Promise To Process, Speed Up 60,000 Caregiver Applications For Permanent Residency

October 9, 2015 News
Jason Kenny

Defense Minister Jason Kenney delivers remarks in Dartmouth, N.S., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 regarding the federal government’s shipbuilding plan.

TORONTO — Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced Wednesday night that, if re-elected, the Conservative government will eliminate the backlog in permanent residence applications from live-in caregivers by processing 60,000 applications in 2015 and 2016.

“We will be able to process new applications for permanent residency in months, rather than years,” said Kenney at Mount Zion Church in Greater Toronto’s York Centre riding.

York Centre’s incumbent, Conservative MP Mike Adler, also spoke at the event, which attracted a largely Filipino audience of about 75 people.

Jason Kenney was basically repeating what was mentioned by Minister Alexander in 2014. But, look, the reality on the ground — there are a lot of people who are waiting to get their permanent residence


At a news conference one year ago, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced plans to eliminate the backlog in processing permanent residence applications from live-in caregivers, who are granted work visas to look after children, seniors and disabled people.

Caregivers, the majority of whom are Filipino, are eligible for permanent residency after working full-time for 24 months or 3,900 hours, but current processing times are as long as 47 months.

Many of those in attendance were critical of Conservative policies. After Kenney finished his announcement, a group of activists and caregivers stood up with signs reading “Caregivers Deserve Permanent Status on Landing.” They said they worried that caregivers had been separated from their family for years while waiting for their applications to be processed. They also expressed concerns about the abuse of caregivers, who hold visas tied to a specific employer and may face exploitation as a result.

“Jason Kenney was basically repeating what was mentioned by Minister Alexander in 2014. But, look, the reality on the ground — there are a lot of people who are waiting to get their permanent residence,” said Pura Velasco a former live-in caregiver in her 60s and an advocate for the Caregivers’ Action Centre, a grassroots organization.

She said she works with caregivers who have been in Canada since 2010 and applied for permanent residence years ago, but have not received it.

Adler and Liberal candidate Michael Levitt are neck-and-neck in York Centre, where roughly 14 per cent of the population is Filipino. Each candidate has the support of about four in 10 voters, according to a poll conducted on Oct. 3 and 4 by Forum Research. The riding had been held by the Liberals for almost five decades when Adler was elected in 2011.

Source: nationalpost.com

Chonnie Lim
February 8, 2016
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Canadian govt needs to train more people to process the papers of caregivers.