Massive Number Of Filipino Caregivers In Canada To Be Given Permanent Residency Soon

November 4, 2014 News,Our Blog
As part of the 2015 Levels Plan tabled today in the House of Commons, Canada will welcome 30,000 new permanent residents in this category. Reducing the backlog and processing times will mean that eligible caregivers will be reunited sooner with their families.

As part of the 2015 Levels Plan tabled today in the House of Commons, Canada will welcome 30,000 new permanent residents in this category. Reducing the backlog and processing times will mean that eligible caregivers will be reunited sooner with their families.

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced significant reforms to the Caregiver Program that acknowledges the valuable contributions caregivers make to Canadian families and the economy.

Changes to the program include ending the live-in requirement, and providing eligible caregivers with two pathways that will lead to permanent residence within six months.

One pathway features criteria for child care providers that are very similar to current requirements, but without the need for the caregiver to live in the home of their employer where they may be vulnerable to abuse.

In addition, caregivers in a variety of health care occupations, including registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse aides, orderlies, patient service associates and home support workers, will also have a pathway to permanent residence. Eligible caregivers in this stream would be able to gain their work experience either in providing in-home care or care in a health-care facility to an elderly person or a person with a disability or chronic medical condition. This pathway offers more career options for eligible caregivers, and targets workers in occupations that are expected to face labour shortages in the future. Applications in this stream would also be processed within six months.

The Government of Canada is taking aggressive action to reduce the backlog of applications for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program. As part of the 2015 Levels Plan tabled today in the House of Commons, Canada will welcome 30,000 new permanent residents in this category. Reducing the backlog and processing times will mean that eligible caregivers will be reunited sooner with their families.

Caregivers who have already applied for Live-in Caregiver Program work permits, and any who apply based on an employer’s approved Labour Market Impact Assessment submitted before November 30, will also be able to complete the work requirement on a live-in basis and eventually apply for permanent residence.

Quick facts

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada will set an all-time record in the number of caregiver permanent resident admissions in 2014, with levels set at 17,500.
  • Both pathways will have a cap on applications of 2,750 each year, for a total of 5,500. This does not include spouses and dependants, and is consistent with the number of caregivers coming to Canada in recent years. From 2011 to 2013, about 4,500 principal applicants applied each year for permanent residence through the Caregiver Program.
  • In recent years, the Government of Canada has made a number of improvements to the Caregiver Program, including making open work permits available to live-in caregivers immediately upon applying for permanent residence, increasing the amount of time available for a caregiver to complete the work requirement from three years to four, adopting a standardized employment contract for live-in caregivers that defines the employer’s obligations to the caregiver and arranging emergency processing of new work permits for caregivers who have been abused and need to leave their employment urgently.

Quote

“We have listened to the concerns of caregivers across Canada and have taken action to improve Canada’s Caregiver Program. Our government’s changes protect caregivers from abuse and reduce family separation. With our improvements caregivers will be provided with more pathways towards permanent residence and will have the tools they need to achieve success in the Canadian labour market.”

Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

Source: cic.gc.ca

Joanne carnate
November 5, 2014
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Very great news, but my frustrations hurting me so much. I have been waiting for so long to reunite with my son. Been here since 2008 and so sad that untill now i am still a open work permit holder and looks like still far fr getting a PR. Very very sad.

Wilbert Badoles
November 6, 2014
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My family is very happy with this news. My wife has undergone dental surgery while her bp is very alarming. I want to take care my wife but i cannot bcoz i am in the philippines and she is in calgary. During typhoon Hyain, we lost home, we skip meals and we lost contact with my wife a mother of 3 children due to network bugged down. So very very very sad situation of having far distance love ones. We keep praying and moving forward to be together again and live life decently and protected in CANADA.

Maria
November 6, 2014
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This is a good news but it make me feel more sad beacause me too I was separated to my family since 2007 and till now im on my open work permit status. I applied Aug 2010 and they start to process Oct. 2010. My husband nd mynson got their medical request Dec.2013. And im worried that it will be expired.then and they will go again for another medical which is you need to pay again. Last march I got an email requesting for mynhusband police clearance/ NBI and I complied. Nov 3 I got email again with the same one . I need to submit again. It makes me so frustrated specially when I notice that all my riends family are all.here already.

jovelyn corpuz
November 12, 2014
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I am bless by the Lord that at this point of time, processing of papers is more fast than before. Now my goal and objective of taking a Library Technician as my course in the near future will be started. I have also a goal in coming to Canada that is why I Thank you so much for being fair to us and God bless!