The number of overseas caregivers obtaining Canadian permanent residency has declined since the government introduced ‘new pathways’ for them to settle in this North American country.
Data of Immigration Department revealed that 555 caregivers, about 20 percent out of 2,730 applicants, got permanent residency in Canada in the three years after the former government implemented new requirements, which needed them to be more proficient in English and have at least post-secondary education in November 2014.
The earlier live-in caregiver program saw permanent residency being granted to 8,000 caregivers on an average every year during 2006-2014. They were granted PRs after they completed the two-year live-in job commitment and obtained their criminal and medical clearances.
The amendments to rule changes dealt a body blow to the dreams of caregivers who wanted migrate to Canada.
The former Conservative government, in addition, limited the ceiling of caregiver numbers to be granted permanent residency to 5,500 applicants per year. They also mandated employers to pay an application fee of CAD1, 000 to import caregivers.
Notwithstanding the growing demand for caregivers in Canada to tend to aged people and young children, critics feel that the enforced changes were part of a plan to forestall low-skilled migrant workforce from obtaining permanent residency in Canada, making them guest workers forever.
Rupaleem Bhuyan, a social work professor at the University of Toronto, was quoted by thestar.com as saying that the new conditions for caregivers have made it more difficult for them to be eligible for the permanent residency.
Despite the fact the present government has modified many immigration policies of the former government since it took over power in 2015, no inclination is being shown by it make any amendments to the caregiver program.
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