Dec 6, 2017 – Canada’s immigration department has committed to processing the majority of existing permanent resident applications from the defunct Live-In Caregiver Program by the end of 2018.
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has made three key commitments aimed at eliminating a backlog allowed to grow by the previous Conservative government.
Those commitments are:
- Process 80 per cent of permanent residence applications on the system as of October 1, 2017 by the end of 2018.
- 12-month processing time for 80 per cent of new and complete permanent residence applications received on or after October 1, 2017
- Admit high numbers of candidates here under the Live-In Caregiver Program as permanent residents until all cases are processed.
The backlog, which peaked in May 2014, is controversial because it effectively keeps caregivers who are in Canada away from their families until their permanent residence applications have been processed.
The Scenarios Applicable for the Live-in Caregiver Program
The Procedure for Selecting Live-in Caregivers
Permanent Residence Applications from Live-in Caregivers – Making a Final Decision
Processing Applicants for the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)
By October 1, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada had reduced the backlog by 63 per cent. With 5,000 more cases than expected to be processed this year, the IRCC says 20,000 caregivers will be welcomed as permanent residents in 2017, a figure at the high end of the government target.
The move to target the backlog under the program comes following a recommendation from the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. The fact that families are being kept apart by the backlog make it an emotive issue.
“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,” Hussen said.
Processing Targets: Caregivers
“After diligently providing care for Canadians, they may soon be in the company of their own loved ones, together in Canada.”
Live-In Caregiver Program: Background
The Live-In Caregiver Program allowed caregivers to come to Canada on temporary visas, but gave them a direct path to permanent residence. Although it closed to new applications in 2014, the pathway to permanent residence was left open for caregivers already in Canada on a temporary visa. There are still 6,000 potential applications that could be submitted to IRCC.
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