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Policy Changes in Caregiver Program Polarize Applicants and Advocates

maple-leafChanges to Canada’s Caregiver Program took effect on November 30, 2014. Under the new Caregiver Program, the live-in set-up is now completely optional. Changes in the requirements include the following:

CHILDCARE PATHWAY A pathway to permanent residence for caregivers who have provided childcare in a home, either living in the employer’s home or not.

Work Experience: Applicants should have no less than two years of work experience in Canada, with work permit, as a childcare provider or baby/child caretaker.

Education: Applicants should have completed at least one-year Canadian post-secondary education, or third year college level in Philippine education, or the equivalent credentials if education was acquired outside the Philippines.

Language Proficiency: Applicants’ English language proficiency should not be lower than intermediate level, or should be able to pass the English proficiency test with a benchmark of 5.

CARING FOR PEOPLE WITH HIGH MEDICAL NEEDS PATHWAY A pathway to permanent residence for caregivers who have provided care for the elderly or those with disabilities or chronic disease in a health facility or in a home.

Work Experience: Applicants should have no less than two years of work experience in Canada, with work permit, as a registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, licensed practical nurse, nursing aide, patient service associate, home support worker, or similar occupation.

Education: Applicants should have completed at least one-year Canadian post-secondary education, or third year college level in Philippine education, or the equivalent credentials if education was acquired outside the Philippines.

Language Proficiency: Applicants should possess the appropriate level of language proficiency to be able to perform their job, ranging from initial intermediate to adequate intermediate. In short, applicants should be able to pass the English proficiency test with a benchmark of 7.

All the qualifications mentioned for Childcare and for Caring for People with High Medical Needs should be obtained before one applies for permanent residence within four years of residence in Canada, otherwise applicant will have to return to his/her place of origin.

It is highly recommended that applicants obtain the necessary education to comply with the educational level requirement before applying for the caregiver program and for permanent residence. Doing so during the duration of the four-year contract is a challenge as a caregiver’s working hours make it difficult to find time to go back to school, not to mention that it is financially burdensome. A caregiver faces the possibility of having to return to his/her country of origin if the educational requirement is not met within this period.

Under the new caregiver program, processing time is shortened for both caregiver and dependents thus equating to faster family reunification. The live-in setting, an old requirement that tends to put the caregiver in a position for possible abuse, is now completely optional. If employer and caregiver agree on a live-in setting, board and lodging is now free.

However, while changes in the caregiver program are being deemed as improvements, one can see clearly that the new program definitely has disadvantages when compared to the old. Caregivers now have the freedom to opt out of the live-in setting, but housing cost can be restrictive. Under each pathway stated above, a cap of 2,750 has been imposed and this considerably limits the number of applicants who can be given permanent residence. While in the old live-in caregiver program, there is no test required to show proof of English (or French) language proficiency, IELTS is now required for both Child Care pathway and People with High Medical Needs pathway, with Canadian language benchmark requirements of 5 and 7 respectively. This entails additional cost and may significantly lessen the applicant’s chances of being eligible for permanent residence.

Clearly, the policy changes have both advantages and disadvantages and many applicants and advocates for caregiver welfare are divided in opinion over these changes. Here’s an article from Philippine Reporter about it.

What do you think? Do the policy changes reflect improvements from the previous Live-In Caregiver Program or not?

 

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Why Choose Canada

We all already know that Canada has one of the highest quality of life all over the world, and it is one of the biggest reasons that people choose Canada. On top of this however is this fact: “The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) lists Canada as the number one world leader when it comes to acceptance and tolerance of minorities. As a society, we are open to and respectful of different cultures and ideas. Everyone, no matter their religious belief, cultural background or sexual orientation has the right to participate in the Canadian society and economy without fear or oppression.”

Click on the image below to read more.

Why people choose Canada

 

Express Entry.. What is it all about?

Last December, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that on January 2015, it will launch a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence under 3 previously existing immigration programs namely, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. With the Express Entry launched this month and the CIC set to perform the first draw from the Express Entry pool before the end of January, here’s a comprehensive informational material from the CIC to help us better understand what this system is all about and how it can benefit Filipinos who are looking at the option of working and immigrating to Canada.

Click here to learn all about the Express Entry.

express entry

 

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Living In with Employer Now Optional for Caregivers

caregiver invert

“Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced significant reforms to the Caregiver Program that acknowledges the valuable contributions caregivers make to Canadian families and the economy.

Changes to the program include ending the live-in requirement, and providing eligible caregivers with two pathways that will lead to permanent residence within six months.

One pathway features criteria for child care providers that are very similar to current requirements, but without the need for the caregiver to live in the home of their employer where they may be vulnerable to abuse.”

Click here for complete article.

 

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Ontario Wants Faster Approval of Skilled Immigrants

“Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is set to launch the brand new “Expression of Interest” processing system (EOI) in early 2015 to replace the decades-old “first-in, first-out” mechanism for the federal skilled workers program.

Although Alexander says the system could shorten processing time down to six months, the report points out that comparable systems, such as Australia’s, take as little as 58 days to bring in skilled immigrants.

Ottawa’s new skilled immigrant selection system must process applicants within two months if Canada hopes to outbid other countries in attracting the world’s best and brightest, warns a new report by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is set to launch the brand new “Expression of Interest” processing system (EOI) in early 2015 to replace the decades-old “first-in, first-out” mechanism for the federal skilled workers program.”

Photo credits: www.thestar.com

Photo credits: http://www.thestar.com

To read more about the proposed EOI system, click here.

 

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Category to Accept Applications Starting January 2, 2014

ImageGood news to many skilled workers whose professions are not included in the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) list of eligible occupations!!! The Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Category which took effect on December 2, 2013 is giving priority to applicants with experience in one of TWO HUNDRED OCCUPATIONS!

A sample of the listed occupations are:

  • Managers (all)
  • Accountant and Auditors
  • Banking Managers
  • Administrative Officers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Secretaries
  • Engineers
  • Chemists
  • Architects
  • Land Surveyors
  • Mathematicians
  • Technicians and Technologists (all)
  • Estimators
  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Dieticians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Optometrists
  • Veterinarians
  • Nurses
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Opticians
  • Midwives
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Teachers and instructors
  • Social workers
  • Librarians
  • Insurance Agents
  • Supervisors and Contractors
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Carpenters

To find out more about this promising program, click here.

 

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Canada to admit 17K caregivers as permanent residents

maple-leaf“Canada recognizes the need to honor its commitment to live-in caregivers participating in the program who come to Canada with the promise of permanent residency after meeting work obligations in looking after children, the elderly, or disabled people under their care.”

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/11/30/13/canada-admit-17k-caregivers-permanent-residents

 

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