Live-In Caregiver Program Getting Short Shrift.
By James Metcalfe | July 30, 2015
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James Metcalfe, Director of Immigration: I saw an article in the Toronto Star that talked about the slow pace of immigration for former live-in caregivers. I can’t say I was surprise.
Original Source: http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2015/07/21/foreign-caregivers-face-lengthy-wait-for-permanent-status.html:
It’s taking twice as long for foreign caregivers to get permanent resident status in Canada as it did a year ago despite Ottawa’s promise to expedite the process.
According to an immigration department internal memo titled “advice to minister,” the processing time for caregivers’ permanent residency reached a record 50 months in January, up from 26 months a year ago. That’s on top of having to work two years alone in Canada — separated from family — in order to meet the residency requirement.
Immigration officials are still wrestling with a huge backlog. As of February, more than 17,600 caregivers who had met the work requirement — down from a peak of 24,600 last year — were still waiting in the queue to be reunited with their spouses and children living abroad.
Maybe so, but the bigger picture needs to be considered.
Annual immigration targets are set and are made up of a number of categories: Family reunification for sponsored spouses’ children, economic migrants including skilled workers, refugees, parents and so on. All of these categories have set targets. If you push the pile of live-in caregivers down and accelerate their landings, another pile will grow and the Star will write an article on the waiting period for skilled workers or spouses. Something always has to give.
Judging by the annual cap of new live-in caregivers going forward, it is apparent that the government believes that the Live-In Caregiver program has outlived its usefulness. If their plan works, we will see fewer landings from these people in the future.
It appears that the current government sees little political value in catering to people involved in this segment of the immigration movement (compare this situation to the flurry of activity when someone accused McDonald’s of abusing the temporary foreign worker program; laws were changed within months). In this case, political analysts likely see limited or no engagement in the political process in Canada by former Live-In Caregivers.