Many foreign workers immigrate to Canada as a caregiver or nanny. It has become an increasingly popular option. Unlike a caregiver, who is responsible for helping their employer with daily chores, taking medications, etc, a nanny is usually responsible for providing care to the employer’s children.
Recently, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced its plan to invite around 6,000 caregivers for permanent residence till December 31, 2021.
Can You Immigrate to Canada As a Nanny?
While there is no specific “Nanny Visa” offered by the IRCC, there are certain existing immigration programs that will allow you to immigrate as a nanny. However, if that is not possible, you can always work in Canada on a temporary work permit.
What Immigration Programs Are Available to a Foreign Nanny?
Home Child-Care Provider/ Home Support Worker Pilot: Permanent Residency for Caregivers has two programs, the Home Child-Care Provider and the Home Support Worker Pilot are currently available for foreign workers employed in the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) code:
- NOC 4411: Home Childcare Provider
- NOC 4412: Home Support Worker
Foreign workers will be required to meet the following requirements:
- Have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer
- Have at least 24 years of work experience as a full-time caregiver in Canada in the last 36 months
How to Work Temporarily in Canada As a Nanny?
Another way to work in Canada as a nanny is to apply through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). You can apply for temporary work to gain experience working as a caregiver in Canada.
To work in Canada as a caregiver, your Canadian employer will be required to provide you with a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Eventually, after gaining the required work experience, you will be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada. You must meet the following additional requirements:
- Provide at least 30 hours of care every week
- Reside in the residence of your employer
- Have a positive LMIA
- Complete at least secondary school and a childcare program (optional)
- Have experience of working in Canada as a caregiver
- Have First Aid and CPR training