Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is aiming to clear the backlog of applications submitted to the previous Live-In Caregiver Program cleared by the end of 2018.
In an announcement, IRCC stated that it has a plan to process approximately 80% of the permanent resident applications which were submitted on or prior October 1st, 2017. This applies to all of the Live-in Caregiver applications. The program offered foreign nationals a minimum two year full-time job as a live-in caregiver and is a direct pathway to attain permanent resident status in Canada.
Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen states “The commitments the government has made today will mean that many Live-in Caregiver Program applications who have faced long delays and family separation may soon reach their goal of permanent residence. After diligently providing care for Canadians, they may soon be in the company of their loved ones, together in Canada.”
IRCC also committed in their announcement to processing 80% of the new applications that were submitted on or after October 1, 2017, within 12 months.
There has been a proposal to eliminate the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) fee for Canadian families who are in need to hire a foreign national to care for a person with high medical needs. They also would like to eliminate the fee for families in Canada who have an income of less than $150,000 and require childcare assistance.
To get more information to see if you are eligible for one of the many programs that Canada has to offer, please contact us for a consultation.