Canada has been consistent on welcoming immigrants from all over the world and that is why most Filipinos take this opportunity as a great first step to a better career for themselves and a better future for their family.
Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship has given the latest updates regarding the caregiver program. He reminds the caregiver community that tomorrow is the last day to apply under the interim pathway – a limited time pathway to permanent residence for qualifying in-home caregivers and their families.
A few months back, the Minister has met with the community discussing the issues that they were dealing with and the major one is the long wait times on bringing their family with them.
Hussen said that family reunification is one of the goals that the Candian government has been working on. The government has been successful in reducing and clearing up the backlogs by 94% by the end of 2018. Now wait times are down to 12 months instead of 7-8 years.
The new program allows caregivers who are approved to come to Canada to bring their spouse and children provided by an open work permit and student visas. This will help them adjust quickly and be able to afford living expenses since they will be having a double-income household. The family will then be eligible to apply for permanent residency after 2 years of working in the caregiver field and the process will only take 6 months or less.