Tens of thousands of people are caught in a processing backlog for permanent resident status under Canada’s former live-in caregiver program.
In December 2014, the old live-in caregiver program (LCP) was revamped by the previous Conservative government. According to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website, it currently takes an average of 47 months to process the permanent residence applications of caregivers in the backlog under the former program.
Under the old program, foreign caregivers were required to complete 24 months, or 3,900 hours, of authorized full-time live-in employment within four years to qualify for permanent resident status.
For the majority of caregivers who continue to languish in the backlog, their hopes for reuniting with their family is being put on a long term hold. Adding to these delays, Canada refuses to issue visitor visas to their spouses back home. The caregiver program has historically been dogged by controversies and requires new measures to resolve the current dilemmas.
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