The Permanent Residence program for live-in Caregivers is coming to an End
By Author: Admin | February 9, 2018
Permanent Residence for Foreign Caregivers to End
The government recently announced the pathway to permanent residency for caregivers of children and the elderly will cease on November 2019. Recently, there was an expression of the difficulty and delay in such caregivers getting permanent resident status through such programs. Such difficulties related to the additional requirements such as proof of language and educational achievement.
The added requirements of language and post-secondary credential stemmed from the concern that those caregivers who acquire permanent resident status end up on average receiving more taxpayer support than other Canadians after landing. The presumption would be that the possession of language and post-secondary schooling would make the caregivers more economically mobile as permanent resident holders, and hence less of a drain on Canadian tax payers.
It is difficult to see a short-term enhancement of Canadian work prospects for caregivers who possess the more advanced language and educational credentials, given the lack of transferable work experience; either the work experience is Canadian and nanny-based, or it is foreign (from an unrecognized foreign employer) and thus met with skepticism from Canadian employers. The more cogent source of support leading to the economic integration of such caregivers would come from the relatives of caregivers who are already in Canada. In fact, a significant amount of foreign caregivers work for family members who already possess Canadian permanent resident or citizenship status. The presumption that the Canadian relatives would assist their foreign caregivers in economically establishing in Canada is a reasonable one.
The greater concern is the accompanying dependents that a permanent resident caregiver can sponsor to Canada. These often include dependent children and a spouse whose economic integration into Canada is often also characterized by difficulties owing to a lower facility in English or French and/or a lack of transferable work experience.
Such immigrants who immigrate to Canada “at the bottom of the ladder,” are likely to financially survive assuming the economy of Canada still requires general labour. Recently, Canada has shown a shortage in such labour. The hope was that immigrants such as caregivers can economically make a decent life in Canada to a degree that any dependent children of such immigrants can be supported and become self-sufficient Canadians. The end of the pathway to permanent residency for caregivers shall terminate this hope.
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