Information for foreign Live in Caregivers
1. Successful completion of the equivalent of a Canadian high school education.
This requirement will help to ensure that participants who apply for permanent residence after two years will be able to succeed in the general labour market. Studies indicate that the majority of new jobs in Canada require at least a high school education.
2. Six months of full-time training or 12 months of experience in paid employment in a field or occupation related to the job you are seeking as a live-in caregiver.You may have gained your training or experience in early childhood education, geriatric care, pediatric nursing or first aid, to name a few areas or you have completed your training as part of your formal education. In order to meet the criteria for experience, you must have completed one year of full-time paid employment, including at least six months of continuous employment with one employer in that field of occupation. This experience must have been obtained within the three years immediately prior to the day on which you submit an application for an employment authorization to a visa officer.
3. Ability to speak, read and understand either English or French.You must be able to function independently in a home setting. For example, you must be able to contact emergency services if required and to understand labels on medication. You will be unsupervised for most of the day and may be put in a position of having to communicate with someone outside the home. A good knowledge of English or French will also enable you to read and understand for yourself what your rights and obligations are.
4. Have all necessary documents, including:
- an employment contract between you and your future employer, and
- a Labour Market Impact Assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada.
The Application Procedure
Your employer will submit a request to hire you with ‘Service Canada’ (SC) in their province of residence. Once the offer has been validated by SC you will send it to the visa office at the Canadian embassy with all other documents required. An official will contact you to determine whether you are eligible to come to Canada as an In-Home caregiver. You will be asked for your diplomas and school certificates as well as proof of experience or training in the childcare field. Your marital status will not affect the outcome of your application. If the visa officer approves your application, you will be given instructions for medical tests. After receipt of proof that your medical results are satisfactory and you have met all the other requirements, you will be issued an employment authorization. This authorization is not a travel document, you must also have a valid passport and a visitor’s visa (if required). The requirement for a visitor’s visa depend on the country you are coming from.
Documents needed before applying for a job as a nanny / caregiver.
If you are looking for a job as a nanny/ caregiver, please send us along with the completed application form, the following items:
- reference letters from your present and previous employers
- “Dear Family” Letter
- certificates of education
- copy of your passport ( work permit where applicable)
The Internet links below will provide you with more detailed information.
- Canada’s Caregiver Program.
- Application to Change Conditions or Extend your Stay in Canada as a worker.
- Application to Work in Canada: Work Permit
- Inform immigration Canada of a change of address.
- Learn the status of your application.
- Service Canada
- Medical Services Plan for BC residents
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