Significant changes to the Live In Caregiver Program

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has recently announced its intentions to change the Live in Caregiver program. Chief amongst the changes is the elimination of the requirement for caregivers to reside with their employers. Instead, caregivers will now be eligible for permanent residence in Canada under two streams:

1. Caring for Children Pathway

  • two years of full-time work experience in Canada as a home child care provider within the past four years;
  • minimum language requirement of “initial intermediate” by meeting Canadian Language Benchmark 5 in a designated third-party language test; and
  • Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year, or an equivalent foreign credentialsupported by an Educational Credential Assessment.
    • The number of applications through this program each year will be capped at 2,750 principal applicants. Spouses and dependants will not be counted against the cap.
    • The caregiver will no longer be required to live in the home of their employer

2. Caring for People with Medical Needs Pathway

    • two years of full-time work experience in Canada providing in-home care or care in a health facility to the elderly or persons with disabilities or chronic disease as, for example, a registered nurse, a registered psychiatric nurse, a licensed practical nurse, a nurse aide, a patient service associate or a home support worker;
    • demonstrating that they are licensed to practice in Canada, if applicable;
    • minimum language requirement of “intermediate” by meeting Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in a designated third-party language test, if applying as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse;
    • minimum language requirement of “initial intermediate” by meeting Canadian Language Benchmark 5 in a designated third-party language test, if applying in any other qualifying occupation; and
    • Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least one year, or an equivalent foreign credential supported by an Educational Credential Assessment.

Applications in these categories will be processed beginning November 30th, 2014 and will be processed within six months. 

More information of the new program will be provided by CIC in the upcoming months at http://www.cic.gc.ca