IRCC Caregiver Program: Nanny Wages in Canada2017-09-06
Many families in Canada need the help of in-home caregivers to provide childcare so that working parents can support their families, says immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah; and nanny wages are increasing.
How to Immigrate to Canada as a Nanny
To move to Canada as a childcare giver the applicant must fill out the application form for the work permit visa as a child caregiver. Canada’s caregiver program is designed to help workers from other countries work as in-home caregivers when there is a shortage of domestic help in Canada. This same program allows caregivers and nannies to apply for residency after two years of working as a caregiver. The legal requirements to move to Canada as a childcare giver can be confusing and may require the assistance of an immigration lawyer so that important requirements, deadlines and fees are complete and on time.
Immigrants to Canada who work as in-home caregivers and want to become permanent Canadian residents must meet Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Caregiver Program requirements:
- Approved at a visa office outside of Canada
- Valid work permit as the caregiver for an employer in Canada
- They must have worked full-time for at least two years before they can apply for Permanent Resident status, or have 3,900 hours of authorized employment within 22 months
- They must have gained all work experience within four years of arrival in Canada
Reforms made to the IRCC Caregiver Program in November 2014were intended to give more opportunities to caregivers to become Permanent Residents, ensure that workers’ rights are upheld, and shortened the processing time for caregiver permanent resident applicants.
Learn more: The Cost of Childcare: Nanny Wages in Canada
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Evelyn Ackah is a Canada immigration law expert and founder and managing lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. Immigration law is becoming more complex and challenging every day. Immigration applications can be refused due to minor oversights and omissions that can delay or negatively impact your business or your family reunifications plans. By not using a lawyer you can be putting your business and your family at risk.