In line with the Government of Canada’s goal to reunite families, Minister of Immigration Ahmed Hussen announced recently that Live In Caregiver Program applications for Permanent Residence will be largely eliminated by the end of 2018.
Minister Hussen reported that there has been great progress on the backlog in recent years. As of October 1, 2017, there was a 63% reduction in the number of caregivers and their family members waiting for their permanent residence applications to be finalized since reaching its highest level in May 2014.
Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased its resources to process Live In Caregiver applications (LCP) and required caregivers to submit required documents in order to finalize their applications. IRCC aims to finalize 5,000 more applications than originally planned by the end of 2017. If this number will be achieved IRCC will welcome 20,000 new permanent residents in the caregiver category by the end of the year thereby reaching the end of the target range as set out in the 2017 levels plan.
IRCC commits to:
-Finalize a minimum of 80% of the cases that were in the LCP inventory as of October 1, 2017 by the end of 2018;
-Process 80% of new, complete LCP applications submitted on or after October 1, 2017 within 12 months; and
-Admit high numbers of LCP caregivers and their family members as permanent residents until the remaining cases are processed.
We may recall that earlier this year, the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration recommended that the Government deliver a plan to end the backlog of Live In Caregiver Program applications. With this in place, caregivers waiting for their Live In Caregiver Program applications to be finalized should get decisions on their cases and be reunited with their families soon.
In a round table in Edmonton last Saturday Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi joined by Member of Parliament Randy Boissonault, announced these important changes and acknowledged and thanked the hard work and dedication of all the caregivers.
Minister Sohi said ” Through your hard work and dedication, you help to care for some of the most vulnerable members of our society. As a result of your efforts, the elderly are able to stay in the comforts of their own homes.
You are also helping to raise our next generation, by helping to care for our children while their parents go to work or school. All caregivers deserve a big “thank you” for your dedication, your commitment and compassion. So thank you very much for all that you do. “
” I want to thank all caregivers for all of their hard work. You help the grow the Canadian economy by supporting Canadian families we are very grateful for your contributions to Canada. I would like everyone to know that reuniting families faster is a priority for this government and this includes your families. We know many of you have been waiting and we are committed to eliminating this backlog” according to Member of Parliament Randy Boissonault.
MP Boissonault announced the elimination of $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment Fee for most Canadian families who need a caregiver. ” As proposed in Budget 2017, this fee will be eliminated for all families in need of a caregiver for a person with high medical needs. It will also be eliminated for families who need a caregiver for children, with a household income of less than $150,000.00.”
Some caregivers attended the round table and one of them was Jocelyn Amba who was happy of the changes however for her there are still some issues that need to be addressed. Amba said “Napakangandang balita para na sa matagal ng naghihintay sa kanilang application under the old rule at sa mga mag apply pa lang na one year na lang ang processing time. I’m still hoping in the coming announcements they will cover issues like the English test, medical inadmissibility and increasing the age for dependent children. Just like me when I apply for permanent residence I want to include all my children but I can’t because my children are 20, 22 and 27 years old respectively. Your children doesnt stop being your family. So I’m hoping for more good news”
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Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)