You may be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada after you meet the
following as a live-in caregiver:
- 24 months of authorized full-time employment, or
- 3,900 hours of authorized full-time employment. You can complete these hours within
a minimum or 22 months. When calculating your hours, you can also include up to
390 hours of overtime.
- The work experience must be acquired within four years of your date of arrival.
Please note that effective April 1, 2010, you:
- have four years from their date of arrival to complete the employment requirement
to be eligible for permanent residence under the Program; and
- no longer need to undergo the standard mandatory requirement for a second medical
exam when applying for permanent residence
When calculating your work experience, you cannot include:
- Any period of unemployment
- Any extended time outside Canada. For example, if you leave Canada for longer than
the period of vacation time allotted in your employment contract, that period does
- Any period you work for your employer outside Canada. For example, time spent on
a family vacation will not count.
Circumstances that can affect your application:
- you, your spouse or common-law partner, or any of your family members have a criminal
record or a serious medical problem.
- you did not provide truthful information about education, training or experience
to the visa officer when you first applied under the Live-In Caregiver Program,
your application can be cancelled.
If you believe that you fail to disclose any information or misrepresented any facts
during your work permit application, please contact CDWCR so they can advise you
on how you can correct the information before you apply for permanent residence.
Circumstances that cannot affect your application
- Your application is not affected by your financial situation, skills upgrading in
Canada, volunteer work, marital status or the number of family members you have
in your home country.
You can apply for your family at the same time
- You must include all your family members in your application for permanent resident
status, even if they do not want to come to Canada with you. Family members who
are not listed in your application cannot be sponsored by you at a later date.
- You and your family members can get permanent resident status at the same time.
- Your family members abroad will go through the process of permanent resident status
at their nearest visa office.
- All your family members must first pass medical and criminal screening before you
can receive permanent resident status. When you receive your permanent resident
status, your family members will receive immigrant visas from the visa office in
their home country.
Applying for an open work permit at the same time
- You can apply for an open work permit at the same time that you apply for permanent
resident status. An open work permit allows you to take any job you wish.
Permanent residence in Quebec
- If you are a live-in caregiver working in Quebec, the province will also assess
your application. The province will look for additional information, including your
knowledge of French.