How Live-In Caregivers Can Apply for Permanent Residence

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Requirements to become a permanent resident in Canada

You may be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada after you have had the following work experience under the Live-in Caregiver Program:

  • 24 months of authorized full-time live-in employment, or
  • 3,900 hours of authorized full-time employment.

You can complete these hours within a minimum of 22 months. When calculating your hours, you can also include up to 390 hours of overtime; and the work experience must be acquired within four years of your date of arrival.

There are application forms available on cic.gc.ca for your guidance.
Read the Instruction Guide to fill out your application forms.

  • Use the Generic Application Form for Canada [IMM 0008]. You can fill it out and save it using a computer. You will need Adobe Reader 10 or higher. You must also turn JavaScript on.
  • Filling out the form on a computer is easier than filling it out by hand. It reduces the risk of mistakes that can slow down the application process.
  • Trouble downloading? Right-click the link and select “Save Target As…”
  • Fill out, validate, print, sign and date your application forms.
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To make sure you submit all the pages, follow these steps.

IMM 0008 form

  • Click the “Validate” button at the top or bottom of the form. Note: Validating the form before printing makes sure that you have answered all the questions. This will help you to avoid delays in processing your application.
  • A last page with barcodes and a signature line will automatically be created.
  • Print, sign and date the form.
  • For best results:
    print on white, bond-quality, non-glossy paper and
    use a laser printer.
  • Place the barcode page on top of your package. If you have more than one package, place a separate barcode page on each one.
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Other forms

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Use the Document Checklist to make sure that you include all the other forms and documents you need.
Pay the fees.
There are two ways you can pay:

  • online (preferred option) or
  • at a financial institution in Canada.

For option 2:

  • We will need to mail you an original receipt. It may take two to three weeks to arrive.
  • Bring this receipt to pay your fees at the bank or wire service. They will keep one section and give the rest back to you.
  • Send one section with your application and keep the other for your records.

Mail your completed application to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta.

Your work experience under the Live-in Caregiver Program may also allow you to apply for permanent residence through the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pathway.

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When calculating your work experience, you cannot include:

  • Any period of unemployment
  • Any extended time outside Canada. For example, if you leave Canada for longer than the period of vacation time allotted in your employment contract, that period does not count.
  • Any period you work for your employer outside Canada. For example, time spent on a family vacation outside of Canada will not count.
  • Any period you work in Canada as a caregiver while living outside the home of your employer. If you have work experience as a live-out caregiver that you would like to include in your application, you must apply for permanent residence through the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pathway.
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