Compare your options for permanent residence as a caregiver

If you’re already working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through the:

The Live-in Caregiver Program is closed to new applicants. You can only apply for permanent residence through the program if you:

  • are already working in Canada with an LCP work permit, or
  • were approved for your first LCP work permit based on an employer's positive Labour Market Impact Assessment application submitted on or before November 30, 2014

Compare the different options to help you determine which pathway you may be eligible to apply for.

  Caring for children Caring for people with high medical needs Interim Pathway for Caregivers Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)
Type of work experience

Canadian experience as a home child care provider.

Experience as a foster parent doesn’t count.

Canadian experience in 1 of these jobs:

  • registered nurse and registered psychiatric nurse
  • licensed practical nurse
  • nurse aide, orderly and patient service associate
  • home support worker

Experience as a housekeeper doesn’t count.

Canadian experience as a:

Your work experience must have been gained while working in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Experience as a foster parent or housekeeper doesn’t count.

Experience as an authorized full-time live-in caregiver in the LCP.

Amount of work experience

24 months of full-time work in Canada in the 48 months before you apply.

24 months of full-time work in Canada in the 48 months before you apply.

12 months of full-time work in Canada since November 30, 2014.

Within 4 years from the day you entered Canada through LCP, you must have at least:

  • 24 months of full-time work in the LCP

    or

  • a total of 3,900 hours of full-time work in the LCP, within a minimum of 22 months (which may include a maximum of 390 hours of overtime)
English or French language skills CLB 5Footnote *

CLB 7Footnote * if you’re a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse

CLB 5Footnote * if you’re a:

  • licensed practical nurse
  • nurse aide, orderly and patient service associate
  • home support worker
CLB 5Footnote * Language is assessed when applying for your first LCP work permit
Education

You must have finished a:

You must have finished a:

You must have at least a:

Education is assessed when applying for your first LCP work permit

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