Extend your work permit — Live-in Caregivers

Starting November 30, 2014, caregivers will have access to two new pathways to permanent residence. Read more about the improvements to the Caregiver Program.

Changes to Canada’s Caregiver Program took effect on November 30, 2014. Find out how this might impact you:

  • If you have not worked in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program and your employer’s Labour Market Impact Assessment application was received by Service Canada after November 30, 2014:
  • If you have not worked in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program and your employer’s Labour Market Impact Assessment application was received by Service Canada on or before November 30, 2014:
    • you may apply for a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit (instructions are on this page).
  • If you already have a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit and you want to extend it or change jobs to work with another employer who agrees to a live-in arrangement:
  • If you choose to live out of your employer’s home, you will be leaving the Live-in Caregiver Program:

You are responsible for making sure that your Live-in Caregiver Program work permit is extended before the expiry date. For more information, refer to the instructions below. Please note:

Extend your work permit

The date when your work permit expires is on the work permit.

You should apply to extend your work permit at least 30 days before the expiry date. Your temporary status as a worker will continue under the same conditions until your application is processed, and you have been notified of the decision. Follow these steps to apply to extend your work permit:

1. Determine how you will apply

There are two ways you can apply:

Apply online

To apply online you must have access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents for uploading and a valid credit card for payment. Determine your eligibility and apply online.

Note: If you provide an email address on your application, please check your email account often for automated emails from CIC regarding your case. Some spam filters block these emails. Make sure emails from CIC are not blocked. If you are not sure whether emails from CIC are being sent, please check your myCIC account often.

Apply on paper

If you have a valid work permit, need a visitor visa, and are planning to leave and return to Canada, apply for a new visitor visa before you leave Canada.

Please follow steps 2 to 4 below.

2. Get the application package

The application guide includes all the forms you need to fill out to renew your work permit. You can:

Read the guide carefully before you complete the application form. The fees for processing your form are not refundable, so make sure you are eligible to extend your live-in caregiver work permit before you apply.

Read the instructions in the application guide and be sure to provide the required documents. If information or documents are missing, your application may be delayed.

3. Pay your application fees

4. Submit your application

You must mail your application and all required documents to the address provided in the application guide.

You must:

  • Be sure to include your file number, your full name, and your date of birth on your application and keep a copy of your entire application;
  • Send your application to change the conditions of your work permit with a letter of explanation at least 30 days before the expiry date of your work permit, to the address below:

Case Processing Centre
Unit 202
Vegreville, Alberta
T9C 1X5

If you are looking for work and your work permit is about to expire, you may apply for a bridge extension, which is a short-term temporary work permit given to live-in caregivers who are between jobs and have not yet found a new employer. The extension is usually for a period of two months. Be sure to indicate clearly on your form that you are applying specifically for a “bridge extension.”

The application may be submitted at any time and will allow you to remain in Canada legally, but does not authorize you to work for a new employer.

If your work permit has expired before you have submitted an application to extend it, you must apply for a new work permit to restore your status within 90 days of the expiry date. You may have to submit a copy of a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a document your new future employer must obtain from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), before he or she can hire you. The restoration of your status through a new work permit requires that you pay an application fee. You will pay the Restoration of Temporary Resident Status fee in addition to the regular Work Permit fee. It is illegal to work in Canada without a valid work permit. If you do not extend your work permit or apply for a new work permit, you will be without status and may be subject to enforcement action. You will have to leave Canada.

Changing jobs

You can change jobs for personal or other reasons. You will not be deported for looking for another place to work.

Your ESDC/Service Canada (SC) centre may have information about available live-in caregiver positions. You may also wish to use the national Job Bank to help in your search for a new employer.

To meet the work requirement to apply for permanent residence under the Live-in Caregiver Program, you must continue living in the home of your employer.

If you are changing jobs, you must seek a new employer who:

  • agrees to a live-in arrangement, and
  • who requested and received an LMIA for a caregiver to live in their home.

If you choose to live outside of the employer’s home, you may still qualify for permanent residence through the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pathway after working in Canada for two years.

Before you leave your present job, you must request these documents from your employer:

  • a record of any overtime hours you worked; and
  • a record of employment (ROE). The ROE indicates:
    • your reason for leaving
    • hours worked
    • gross earnings
    • any money paid or payable at the time you left your job.

Only your employer can get and complete the ROE. Your employer is legally responsible to give you an ROE and cannot refuse to do so. If you have difficulty getting your ROE, contact your local ESDC/SC centre and ask officials to contact your employer.

Keep your ROE in a safe place. It is your work record and can serve as proof that you have worked the necessary time to apply for permanent resident status.

Applying for a work permit for your new job

Before you begin working for someone else, you must apply for a new work permit at least 30 days before the expiry date of your work permit.

You can only work for the employer whose name is on your work permit. Your work permit could be cancelled if you work for anyone other than the person named on your work permit. You cannot even work for someone else just to try things out.

Do not allow your work permit to expire before you apply for a new one. You may not remain in Canada after your work permit expires unless you have applied for a new work permit or have been approved to stay in Canada through another immigration process.

To meet the work requirement to apply for permanent residence under the Live-in Caregiver Program, you must continue living in the home of your employer.

If you are changing jobs, you must seek a new employer who has requested and received a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment for a caregiver to live in their home.

With your application for a new work permit, you must submit:

If your employer has applied for an LMIA, but has not received it, and your work permit will expire within two weeks, you may apply to renew your work permit. You must send your application to renew your work permit to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta (CPC-V), and include:

  • proof of a valid job offer, and
  • proof that your employer has submitted a request to Service Canada (SC) for a new LMIA.

A decision regarding your work permit application will be made within two months.

Your temporary status as a worker will continue under the same conditions until your application is processed and you have been notified of the decision.

Quitting your job

Before quitting your job, you should try to solve your work problems by talking about them with your employer, unless there are problems of abuse. You and your employer can revise your contract once in a while to be sure it works for both of you.

Talk with your employer before taking any action to quit your job. If you decide to quit, give your employer enough time to find a replacement for you.

Check your contract to find out how much time you have agreed to give your employer. However, if you are in a situation where there is abuse, you should leave right away.

You will still need these documents from your employer:

  • a record of any overtime hours you worked; and
  • an ROE. The ROE indicates:
    • your reason for leaving
    • hours worked
    • gross earnings
    • any money paid or payable at the time you left your job.

Only your employer can get and complete the ROE. Your employer is legally responsible to give you an ROE and cannot refuse to do so. If you have difficulty getting your ROE, contact your local ESDC/SC centre and ask officials to contact your employer.

Keep your ROE in a safe place. It is your work record and can serve as proof that you have worked the necessary time to apply for permanent resident status.

For more information on finding a new live-in caregiver position and obtaining a new work permit, refer to:

Situations of abuse

If you feel that you have been a victim of abuse in your workplace, you may be eligible for the emergency processing of a new Live-in Caregiver Program work permit to help you transition to a new employer as quickly as possible.

Contact the CIC Call Centre to confirm the eligibility and application requirements for emergency processing of live-in caregiver work permits.

Losing your job

If you lose your job and need to apply for Employment Insurance benefits, contact the ESDC/SC centre nearest you. You will need your ROE to collect these benefits.

If you have not yet received your ROE, you can still apply for EI. Your employer is legally responsible to give you an ROE and cannot refuse to do so. If you have difficulty getting your ROE, contact your local ESDC/SC centre and ask officials to contact your employer.

Keep your ROE in a safe place. It is your work record and can serve as proof that you have worked the necessary time to apply for permanent resident status.

You will be expected to find a new employer as soon as possible. For more information on finding a new employer and obtaining a new work permit, see:

Periods of unemployment will delay the date on which you can apply for permanent resident status.

Apply online

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