How to Get a Caregiver LMIA
Everything you need to know about requirements, the application process and future benefits for caregivers in Canada
- What is a caregiver LMIA?
- Caregiver LMIA requirements
- Who is eligible for caregiver LMIA?
- Requirements to be eligible to work under a caregiver LMIA
- Caregiver LMIA Processing Time
- Caregiver LMIA Work Permit
- Caregiver Pilot Program 2022
- Live-in Caregiver in Exchange for Room and Board
- Do I Need an LMIA to Hire a Foreign Caregiver?
What is a caregiver LMIA?
Caregiver LMIA facilitates hiring temporary foreign workers for child and medical care needs, such as licensed nurses, nannies, and home-support workers. This stream is developed to resolve the labor shortage problems and assist employers in Canada.
According to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, foreign caregivers must:
- Fulfill the benchmark requirements set by Employment and Social Development Canada(ESDC)/IRCC.
- Assist on a full-time basis (minimum 30 hours)
- Work in a private household.
Caregiver LMIA requirements
Unlike other immigration programs, LMIA requires employers to follow specific requirements when applying for LMIA:
Record of Employment (ROE)
Education, Training, and Experience
Proof of Address
Proof of Individual Requiring Care
For children below 18 years – a birth certificate, official guardianship, adoption order, or Confirmation of pregnancy or due date from a doctor.
For 65 years old seniors or more – Passport, Birth certificate, or Old age security identification card.
For disabled individuals suffering from chronic/terminal illness – Schedule H form signed by a physician or doctor’s note verifying the requirement of a live-in caregiver.
Who is eligible for caregiver LMIA?
The household employer or families can hire foreign employees for two categories under LMIA:
- Caregiver for children: to take care of their children under 18.
- Caregiver for people with high medical needs: to take care of elderly persons above 65 years or people suffering from disabilities, terminal or chronic illness.
Requirements to be eligible to work under a caregiver LMIA
- Language proficiency- Caregivers must be fluent in at least one of the official languages of Canada to the employers to establish effective communication during the hiring period.
- Training, qualifications, and experience- Caregivers must be skilled in on-the-job training, experience, and specified education, depending upon the nature of their occupations, to perform their duties successfully.
- Governed Occupations- Under this, certification, registration, or licensing of the caregiver is authorized through the aid of an appropriate professional body by setting standards of practice and entry requirements.
Caregiver LMIA Processing Time
As per the updated LMIA processing times for September 2022, it takes around 27 business days for ESDC to process the LMIA applications of Live In-home caregivers. Applicants must ensure that valid and accurate information is provided while filling out the forms in pursuance of the LMIA application so that they can be processed quickly.
Caregiver LMIA Work Permit
A valid work permit is a mandatory document that caregivers must obtain within six months after they receive positive LMIA. A work permit is only granted when caregivers are eligible to work in Canada as TFW. As of April 4, 2022, a work permit can be valid for 18 months.
Caregiver Pilot Program 2022
1. Must have a job offer and the capability to accomplish the task.
2. At least 24 months of Canadian work experience.
3. Meet language requirements- in either French(NLCL 5) or English(CLB 5)
4. Possess admissibility to work in Canada.
5. Intention to live outside the province of Quebec.
Both pilot-based programs are designed to provide qualified caregivers an opportunity to come to Canada with their family members for five years. They are advantageous since they temporarily give access to work in Canada through an open work permit.
Under the Home Child Care program, busy parents receive assistance through contributions to household duties and looking after their children.
In the Home Support Worker stream, people with disabilities, senior citizens, and individuals undergoing rehabilitation are assisted in meal preparations, changing clothes, bathing, feeding, and injecting medications.
Live-in Caregiver in Exchange for Room and Board
Further, the employer must be certain of a few things with the live-in caregiver:
1. The accommodation should be furnished, private, and provided in the home where the person receives care.
2. The accommodation should comply with municipal building requirements and health standards.
3. The bedroom has locks and safety bolts installed.
Do I Need an LMIA to Hire a Foreign Caregiver?
No, LMIA is no more considered an essential prerequisite to hiring a foreign caregiver after the Canada Government’s welcome move by introducing two pilot programs-
- The Home Child Caregiver Program
- The Home Support Worker Program
Work with Best LMIA Consultants in Edmonton
LIVIN Immigration Services & Consulting helps employers in Edmonton and all over Canada to apply for and get positive LMIAs from the Canadian government. We have successfully guided our clients through the LMIA process, helping their businesses to grow.
Get in touch with us today at (780) 975-9159 to discuss your LMIA application.