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Archive for August, 2011

So you have finished your 24 months, waited through the terribly long processing times for your open permits or Permanent Residence and you’re looking for a live-out job.  Alternatively, you may be a newcomer live-in caregiver or nearing the end of your program looking ahead to working on a live-out basis.  What can you do to prepare yourself to secure the best possible live-out caregiver position? Check out our top five transitional steps to take before moving to this market.

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  • Lately, we have been receiving an abundance of hits via a site called CanadaVisa.com where an angry group of Live In Caregivers have been using their discussion forums to compare processing times. Unsurprisingly, many are irate with the increases and now there is talk of mobilizing to create a protest and strike across Canada.

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  • Before the last election, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney proposed significant changes to the live in caregiver program and caregiver groups were in overwhelming support. Promises of no second medical, over-time accruement towards faster completion, no recruitment fees, flights paid, health insurance, and most importantly of all, faster Permanent Residence processing times. In the following video at Caregivers One Special Day, Kenney reiterates many of those promises:

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  • UPDATE AUGUST 23:  A report coming from a caregiver online suggests that this procedure may not be as easy as initially thought.  Apparently a caregiver with implied status has to wait till their OHIP expires, apply to renew, wait for the rejection and then file an appeal.  More hoops to go through in order to take advantage of health care they are entitled to as a temporary foreign workers.

    Yesterday, Toronto immigration lawyer Rafael Fabregas tipped us off, via his Twitter @rafael_fabregas, that not only can foreign caregivers in Toronto maintain OHIP while on implied status when their work permit has expired, but it is not exactly new, just not commonly known.

    For the last few years, and especially since the ballooning of caregiver Permanent Residence processing times, we have met no less than one caregiver per day at our office who has no OHIP coverage due to being denied renewal as their permit is expired.  However, these caregivers have implied status with their last employer on record and are just caught in the waiting period for the open permits.

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  • This is a truly unfortunate story regarding a lady who came to Canada as a Live-In Caregiver.  Finally, after six years, she was reunited with her son, now 20 years old.  The question has been brought up of whether or not the mental anguish of a child apart from his mother for so many years may have contributed to his state.

    Our thoughts go out to the caregiver’s family.

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  • ACNA Canada tipped us off to a very well written blog called An Uncomplicated Mind which, in this article by Joe Rivera, describes the thoughts of a community that has been taken for a ride by our government and has really been made to look foolish.  Minister Kenney made a lot of people act in a particularly naive way after vowing to fight for their rights.  But the honeymoon is over and this excerpt from the original posting outlines that very clearly..

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  • The following article, originally from Filipino news blog Atinitonews.com, sums up the further struggles of Live-In Caregivers in Canada despite Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s promise of widespread change for them.  Canadian employers are paying exponentially more than just a few years ago to hire these caregivers from abroad and this was supposed to ensure that Live-In Caregivers were to enjoy better employment protection, faster processing and less hassle in general.  Unfortunately, processing times have doubled, the Conservative government is silent on the issue and – as we discussed in a previous article – caregivers are actually being seriously and negatively affected by these increases as their OHIP is running out before they can even get their open permit.

    Is this the end for the LCP, or are we just in the midst of a change?  Seems like these changes have been going on for ever though, and I don’t think anyone is really sure how it’s going to end up.

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  • Minister O’Connor“It’s parents that decide to have children, not the government”

    Childcare advocates to cabinet ministers: Tips on families, finances and federalism
    Posted on BlueChildCare.ca by Amanda on Aug 10, 2011

    A group of parents and early childhood educators are challenging several of the Conservative cabinet ministers’ statements marking the fifth anniversary of the Universal Child Care Benefit.

    Yesterday Conservative cabinet ministers Diane Finley and Gordon O’Connor held a photo-op to showcase the fifth birthday of the Harper government’s Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). Today a group of parents and early childhood educators (ECEs) who attended the public event in an Ottawa park are challenging several of the ministers’ statements.

    “Minister Finley said that a childcare system would “remove parents’ choices”, said Ottawa ECE Shellie Bird.  “I beg to differ.  A childcare system could offer a choice of full-day learning programs, part-day nursery school, family childcare (in a caregiver’s home) or parenting resources But – like health care or public education – quality childcare isn’t something parents can develop themselves.”

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  • Notice for Employers: New Requirements for Employers Using Third Party Representatives

    Dear Clients,

    We are pleased to inform you that we have a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant on staff, whose name appears on the ICCRC website’s Membership List, and as a result, our agency is able to legally process your LMO or a Work Permit application.

    As you may be aware, there have been some important changes that regulate paid third party representatives in the labour market opinion (LMO) application process. These amendments require the paid third party representatives to be authorized before providing services for a fee in order to better protect employers and temporary foreign workers from acts of fraud.

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  • Role of a valuable nanny

    Written in 1990 by principal and founder of Execu-Nannies Inc., Sharon Taylor, this is the standard by which we choose our applicants.  They are our family philosophies and reflect the many common desires of our ever growing family of clients.  We hope we can find you someone special!

    We choose you to be a role model friend and teacher to our children.  You learn our parenting style and value system and step into our shoes when we are not there.  As each week goes by, we trust you more and appreciate your performance to reinforce that trust.  We believe that Parents and Nanny are equals and on the same team – our respective professions are only different.

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