Chris alexander, Citizenship and Immigration Minister announced that “aggressive” actions would be taken to clear off the immigration backlog. He strongly believes that this is a major issue pertaining to immigration.
The announcement regarding Live-in Caregivers program (LCP)
The Minister also assured that the processing time for Live-in caregivers program would be looked into.
Alexander opined that the “increased wait times in Live-in caregiver program is unacceptable.”
He informed that the Government has already reduced the backlogs of applications submitted by skilled workers and also by parents and grandparents of immigrants.
Number of Live-in caregivers program
The New Year is going to experience a series of changes on Immigration front.
The major highlight is going to be an increase in the number of Live-in caregivers coming to Canada.
in 2014, the country will take in more than 17,000 immigrants and would upgrade them to the status of permanent residents.
The program began in 1993, and since then the country has never admitted so many caregivers, so it makes the highest number after the initiation of the program.
The issues caregivers have been facing till now
Most of the caregivers complete their period of work quite sincerely and thereby become eligible to obtain “permanent residency status”. Looking at their sincerity the Government allows them to get this status and hence their number outgrows the one which is planned by the Government.
However, in spite of being professional and sincere, the backlog of applications and their processing time has remained a major issue with them.
Immigration Minister adds, “Caregivers are assured to come to our country with the permanent residency status, after completing their job seriously, so we need to keep up to our commitment.”
The importance of caregivers
Most of the families have both the parents working to live a better lifestyle and provide their child with all the requirements. There are elderly and disabled people in quite a big number here, for all these caregivers are needed who are not available locally.
Therefore, such a program has been designed to fulfill the need.
Eligibility to become permanent residents
A caregiver has to meet following requirements to become a permanent resident:
• One should have worked for 24 months or two years for a full time job which should be authorized.
• One should have worked for 3,900 hours of authorized employment, full time in nature.
• The work experience will be calculated within four years of arrival of the applicant.
Country needs more and more caregivers as there is a rise in the number of working parents and also the aging population. And the requirement can be met only if immigrants are welcome to enter the country through this program. Since the immigrants come with an assurance so it is impotent that the commitment is kept so that a sound example can be put forward by Canada. If the caregivers do not turn out to be permanent residents then it would bring a loss not only to them but to Canada too.