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Processing surge to eliminate Canadian live-in caregiver program backlog

Caregivers and their families will be reunited and the inventory of Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) applications will be largely eliminated by the end of 2018 said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Great progress has been made on the backlog in recent years. As of October 1, 2017, there was a 63 per cent reduction in the number of caregivers and their family members waiting for their permanent residence applications to be finalized since reaching its highest level in May 2014.

Last fall, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) dedicated additional resources to process LCP applications and encourage caregivers and their family members to submit any documents that were missing from their applications. This focus will allow IRCC to welcome 20,000 new permanent residents in the caregiver category in total this year. 

Having taken these steps, IRCC is committing to:

  • Finalizing a minimum of 80 per cent of the cases that were in the LCP inventory as of October 1, 2017 by the end of 2018;
  • Processing 80 per cent of new, complete LCP applications submitted on or after October 1, 2017, within 12 months; and
  • Admitting high numbers of LCP caregivers and their family members as permanent residents until the remaining cases are processed.

The multi-year levels plan for 2018-2020 set out targets for the number of permanent resident admissions in the caregiver category that will allow IRCC to meet these commitments.

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration recommended that the government deliver a plan to end the backlog of Live-in Caregiver Program applications. With this plan in place, caregivers waiting for their Live-in Caregiver Program applications to be finalized should get decisions on their cases and be reunited with their families soon.

“The commitments the Government has made will mean that many Live-in Caregiver Program applicants who have faced long delays and family separation may soon reach their goal of permanent residence,” said Hussen. “After diligently providing care for Canadians, they may soon be in the company of their own loved ones, together in Canada.”

The Live-in Caregiver Program was a program that offered a direct path from temporary status to permanent residence for caregivers. It closed to new applicants in 2014 but grandfathering provisions meant that thousands of caregivers who were already part of the temporary portion of the LCP but who hadn’t yet applied for permanent residence would still have the opportunity to do so. This means that up to 6,000 more applications for permanent residence under the LCP could still be submitted to IRCC. Further developments are expected soon to eliminate the $1,000 Labour Market Impact Assessment fee for Canadian families seeking to hire a foreign caregivers.   

Posted: Mar 22, 2018

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