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Archive for January, 2010

UPDATE AUG 5, 2011: We are currently seeing processing times at overseas embassies being much longer than advertised on the Citizenship and Immigration website.  We advise you to contact your local Member of Parliament to voice your concerns if your application has taken much longer than the posted times and you are not receiving any information from the embassy.

Along with “how much does it cost,” one of the most frequently asked question is regarding the timelines to hire a nanny under the Live-In Caregiver program.  While employers may want a clear cut answer on this question, its often not very easy to say, especially for overseas applications.  But we’ll go ahead and try…

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  • One of the most commonly asked questions about the application process for a Live-In Caregiver is the addition of the Attestation of Identity Authentication document included in the Labout Market Opinion (LMO) request package.  In April 2009 it was implemented in response to the influx of fraudulent applications made.  It was alleged that employers were simply putting their name on applications for caregivers to allow them to come to Canada and then find new jobs once they arrive.  There were even a few reports of some agents using client’s names without permission or even paying people to participate in these dummy job offers.

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  • UPDATE – AUG 2011: Service Canada now does not require any advertising for families hiring caregivers who are already in Canada.  Advertising is still required for overseas sponsorship though.

    You may or may not know that if you want to hire a live-in caregiver, whether already in Canada or currently residing overseas, you are obligated to make efforts to source qualified permanent residents or Canadian citizens for the job before considering applicants in the Live-In Caregiver Program.  In order to issue their Labour Market Opinion (LMO) approval, Service Canada wants to ensure that Canadian applicants are given priority in the hiring process to avoid an excess of unnecessary immigration applications.  But, in our experience, there are very few, if any, Canadians or permanent residents who apply to live-in with a family on a permanent, full time basis under the same salary and working conditions as those in the Live-In Caregiver Program.  Families must pay a minimum of $10 $10.25 per hour in Ontario and can deduct a maximum of $369.42 from the nanny’s net salary on a monthly basis (provincial requirements vary – please consult the Service Canada website).

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  • Toronto, December 12, 2009 — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today proposed regulations to better protect the rights of live‑in caregivers and to make it easier for them and their families to obtain permanent residence in Canada. The announcement follows extensive consultations with caregiver groups from across the country, as well as heartfelt testimony before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

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  • Happy New Year

    2009 was a transition year for the live in caregiver program, which took major crticism because of some high publicity cases and investigations. The Toronto Star did a great job of uncovering, for the public, the inadequecies of our current system and have sparked reform from Citizenship and Immigration. However, not everything about our live in nanny program is bad and in 2010 we are left recreating a vital resource to Canadian families and skilled foreign workers.

    At TorontoLiveInCare.com, we are dedicated to providing you with frank and informed opinion about the state of affairs and will bring a wealth of knowledge to our readers.

    Don’t hesitate to contact us at info@execunannies.com to ask any questions and we will address them personally and publicly through this blog.

    Thanks for reading and happy new year! Stay tuned for information on the proposed changes to the Live In Caregiver Program, our opinion on the pros and cons of such changes, industry reaction and some tips and tricks to still find the perfect caregiver for your family at this time

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