Permanent residence applications from live-in caregivers

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) brings qualified temporary workers to Canada to provide in-home child care, senior home support care or care of the disabled.

The LCP allows applicants to apply for permanent residence from within Canada after the time in Canada and other requirements have been met.

Note: On November 30, 2014, the LCP was replaced by two new pathways to permanent residence for caregivers: the caring for children class and the caring for people with high medical needs class. Only those who are already working in Canada with an LCP work permit or those who are approved for their first LCP work permit (based on an employer's positive Labour Market Impact Assessment application that was submitted to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) on or before November 30, 2014), are eligible to apply for permanent residence under the former LCP.


Processing the application

Requirements for applying for temporary residence

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