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Becoming an Employer of your Foreign Live-in Caregiver
Action by Employer in Hiring for a Foreign Live-in Caregiver
1. The employer must obtain an Application for a Foreign Live-in Caregiver (LCP application) from HRDC.
2. The employer must submit the complete application to Human Resources Centre Canada (HRCC) that responsible and serving employer's area. (There is no fee to apply to HRCC to assess an application for Foreign Live-in Caregiver).
3. The employer must attach any additional criteria that can help the assessment for faster decisions and reduce delays in the recruitment of your foreign live-in caregiver. (Occupation and duties required, wages and working conditions offered, your advertisement and recruitment efforts to find a Canadian or foreign worker already in Canada.)
Processing Time: The processing time standard for HRC in Ontario is 3 - 5 weeks from the receipt of a properly completed application. Immigration (work visa) varies in the caregivers home country. For Hong Kong, 3-5 months, Saudi Arabia, 3 - 5 months. The longest processing time for work visa application is in the Philippines takes 12 -18 months.
Next Steps After the HRDC Approves Your Application for Hiring a Live-in Caregiver
1. Once they approve your job offer, the HRDC sends a letter confirming the approval of the application to the employer.
2. The employer forwards a copy of the 'HRDC Confirmation Letter', along with the mandatory 'LCP Employer-Employee Contract' to the foreign live-in caregiver for her use in applying to the Canadian Embassy for her work permit.
3. The HRDC sends notice of the approval to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) at the visa post where the foreign live-in caregiver will be applying for a work permit. The CIC will determine whether the foreign live-in caregiver will get a work permit and if they are qualified for this program and meet all the immigration requirements. The caregiver, in most cases, will be required to attend a personal interview at the Embassy.
Employer's legal responsibilities
1. You must provide acceptable working conditions, reasonable duties and fair market wages. You must also provide accommodation that ensures privacy, such as a private room and a lock on the door. Your caregiver pays rent for a room in your home and is entitled to privacy.
2. Live-in caregivers are entitled to days off each week, statutory holidays, extra pay for overtime work and a salary that meets at least minimum wage.
3. Employers who employ a full-time live-in caregiver under the program, are required by federal law to register as an employer with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA). You must make the proper deductions for Income Tax, Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan.
4. When you register as an employer, the CCRA will provide you with an information guide which contains the necessary forms and instructions.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Canada Customs and Revenue Agency