17,500 Permanent Resident Visas to Live-in caregiver in Canada by 2014

Acknowledging a growing – and increasing backlog – of permanent resident applications thru Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has taken vowed to “slash application backlogs and admit 17,500 permanent residents thru LCP, a move that will result in the highest admission numbers since the program began in 1993.

Application backlogs and processing times have grown steadily in recent years. The number of caregivers completing their work obligations and becoming eligible for permanent residency has routinely outpaced the planned levels of admissions from the program.

Minister Alexander noted that Canada must honor its commitment to allow Live-in caregivers participating in the program to be reunited with their families as well as with the elderly or disabled Canadians they are taking care of.
The Live-in Caregiver Program facilitates the entry of qualified caregivers into Canada when employers are not able to find Canadians to fill these positions. While current law and regulations allow Caregivers to apply for permanent residence in Canada after working for two years during their first four years after entry into Canada, processing had been painfully slow.

Minister Alexander’s announcement promises to cut the waiting time and allow Live in Caregivers and their families to be reunited faster.

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