Apply for Temporary Resident Visa to Canada from the Philippines
The Canadian visa office will issue an official document called Temporary Resident Visa and placed it in your passport if you are qualified to enter Canada as a temporary resident (visitor, student, or worker).
The application for the Temporary Resident Visa is included in the Application Kit for work permit (page 1). You have to fill out the form Schedule 1 – Application for Temporary Resident Visa (IMM 5257).
Unlike the work permit, you will receive the multiple-entry visa (as of February 16, 2014) before you leave the Philippines. Way back in year two thousand something, I submitted my application through mail.
Two Ways to Submit the Application for Caregivers (on Paper)
As I’ve mentioned in the first few paragraphs of the post you can either apply online or on paper.
If you choose to submit online then go back to Apply for Work Permit in Canada from the Philippines (page 1). Otherwise, you can submit the completed application through a Canada Visa Application Centres (CVAC).
The VFS Global manages the Canada Visa Application Centres (CVAC) in the Philippines. The centre can assist you (for a fee) in completing the form.
After completing all the forms, you can submit the application in two methods:
Note: Whether you submit your application in person or through a courier, you will have to pay the service charge (CAD 19.72 or PHP 678.75) and submit the VFS Consent Form.
Where to Find VFS Global:
Canada Visa Application Centre — Manila
VFS Services Phils. Pvt. Inc.
Mezzanine Floor Ecoplaza Bldg.
Chino Roces Ave Ext. Makati city 1231, Philippines
Canada Visa Application Centre — Cebu
VFS Services Phils. Pvt. Inc.
9F Keppel Center Unit 905 Samar Loop cor Cardinal Rosales Ave,
Cebu Business Park
Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Are you still reading (and absorbing the information)?
By now, you almost know everything about how to apply as a caregiver in Canada from the Philippines.
Hang on. The end is in sight.
How Much Should You Pay
The fee for work permit includes the fee for temporary resident visa. The fee is CAD $155.00 or 5,335.00 Php as of August 21, 2015. Follow the instruction carefully and choose the right mode of payment depending on the type of application (online or on paper).
That’s just for the application.
I have bad news for you. More expenses is coming your way. I included the details in the timeline. Before that, let’s find out about the processing times.
How Long Should You Wait
All right. No more unpleasant news.
I’ll make it up by saying that the processing time has huge improvement compare in my era (I just sound prehistoric) and it keeps on changing.
Temporary resident visa – 10 days as of March 21, 2017
Temporary work permit – 8 weeks as of March 21, 2017
Note: I am not sure about the accuracy of the processing times for caregivers because an applicant has to go through many process (again refer to my timeline).
Mantra for all the applicants: “time flies.”
Yes, you’ve said that to yourself several times so don’t count the days but do keep track of the process. And please don’t ask me about the processing time of the application.
Heads up: I hope I wouldn’t scare you with the next few tasks. Well, it’s not a complete list. These are just what I can dig out of my nostalgic-yet-forgetful memory sheltered under the hoodie.
(My) Timeline of Application for Live-in Caregiver in Canada from the Philippines
You may be thinking how the entire application looks like.
So I’m sharing my timeline (no specific dates) when I apply as caregiver in Canada from the Philippines.
It all started (sounds like a fairy tale) while I was a student and ended when the work permit was handed to me by the immigration officer. (I was in the cloud 9 with my heart still intact and out of danger.)
I still have all my documents both original and photo copy. (I have the illusion of becoming an archivist in a museum or library.)
But I only keep important stuff and the ones I still like even if there’s a peeping hole. (What’s the use of needle and thread . . . and band-aid adorned with Dora the Explorer anyway?)
I tried to be as accurate as possible with the aid of my aging memory.
So here is my journey (with the cost) many years ago in a glance:
- Completed the six-month caregiver course (daily “baon” also ended).
- Completed the on-the-job trainings for elderly (Laguna) and child care (Sampaloc).
- Gathered transcript of record and certificate of completion for the caregiver course with DFA and TESDA authentication. (My school helped me with everything. Muchos gracias.)
- Gathered transcript of record and diploma from the university with DFA and CHED authentication.
- Applied for Philippine passport (Php 950.00 or 1,200.00) and NBI Certificate (Php 115.00, Canada Visa).
- Received the LMO and contract from the employer. LMO is now called LMIA. An employer has to pay $1,000.00 for the application. Whether it is approved or not, the fee is non refundable.
- Submitted the application for work permit and visa through courier.
- Received a letter acknowledging receipt of the application.
- Reviewed for the speak test. (Then blogged and watched Koreanovelas. Instant reward.) In 2017, I have been informed by readers that the speak test was replaced with IELTS exam. Can you share your thoughts about it.
- Passed the speak test (with trembling knees and fleeting nervousness) after at least one year of waiting.
- Undergo medical exam in spite of colds (not a good idea since my chest x-ray was repeated).
- Submitted additional documents (passport and renewed NBI clearance) to the Canadian Embassy in Makati (RCBC Plaza).
- Received the Temporary Resident Visa (required in entering Canada).
- Went back and forth in POEA to wait for my name to appear in the “List of Verified Employment Contracts.” Seeing my name under the namehires made me want to shop in Robinson Galleria in Ortigas. But I didn’t in spite of downpour of sale.
- Received the POLO with “Addendum to the Employment Contract.”
- Attended the pre-departure seminars for temporary workers:
- OWWA Seminar (PDOS) for temporary workers
- Canadian Orientation Abroad (Free) for live-in caregiver etc.
- Arrived at the Vancouver Airport and received the work permit from the immigration officer. Cheers!
- Run to the connecting flight. Though getting lost slowed me down, I didn’t miss it.
- Success! Chilling. Relaxing and trembling because of the cold wind in summer.
- More success! I finished the Live-in Caregiver Program.
- Received my open work permit, then a year later I became a permanent resident.
- Looking forward to qualify for citizenship.
The journey has a happy ending after all. All throughout the years the hoodie is my BFF and so is the scarf and ear muff but only in winter.
One year and six months, probably, is how long the application process is. Don’t include the time I spent in school, OJTs, and long . . . long . . . long . . . lines.
Make the Giant Leap to the West
So are you ready to trade your slippers to boots? Daing to pasta? Sun and rain to snow and hailstone?
Of course you don’t have to give it all up (daing . . . never).
It’s all a matter of adjustment (and hot shower and anything made of fleece). You’ll be fine. You can apply as caregiver in Canada from the Philippines or somewhere else (e.g. Hong Kong or Saudi Arabia).
Many Filipino caregivers have succeeded and ventured in another career after completing the Live-in Caregiver Program.
And you will be soon joining the proud Filipino caregivers in Canada. Good luck!