I’ve given answers, short ones when you compare it to the colossal topic of working overseas. As promised I’m setting free this post out in the wide, wild blogosphere.
What’s in it for you?
- You will have a preview of the process on how to become a live-in caregiver in Canada by applying from the Philippines.
- The future employee (that’s you) and employer (somewhere in Canada) will have a glimpse of the long process.
- You will get all the useful information based on research and my experience and from other kababayan.
If you find something lacking or misleading, get my attention. Really. Leave a comment.
You will discover my journey and lessons from being a student aiming for a live-in caregiver certificate to landing a caregiver job in Canada.
So let’s start your future by travelling in my past based on geography and chronology.
How to Apply as Caregiver in Canada from the Philippines
The first step in landing a caregiver job for Filipinos is to meet all the qualifications:
- Do you have proof of successful completion of secondary education equivalent to Canadian high school education? It is equivalent to the completion of high school plus at least two years of post-secondary education (with at least 72 credits) in Canada.
- Do you have a certificate from TESDA accredited school for caregivers? Or if you are applying based on experience, did you meet the requirements of twelve months of full-time paid employment (at least six months employed by the same employer)?
- Can you speak, read, and understand either English or French, the official languages of all federal government institutions in Canada?
- Do you have a written employment contract between you and your future employer?
- Do you have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) formerly known as Labour Market Opinion (LMO)?
Note: If you fail to comply with the requirements your application can be DENIED. I know a few who took caregiver course twice because of insufficient classroom or on-the-job training hours.
Did you meet all the requirements or still working on your certificate?
Finding Caregiver Jobs in Canada
I was asked a lot about this topic.
I have to be honest: this is the most challenging part if you want to apply as caregiver in Canada from the Philippines.
You must be able to find an employer who is willing to do all the paperwork and wait for you to arrive in Canada.
So who do you ask for help?
Some of the Filipino caregivers were employed by their relatives or someone known through referral of a family friend. And while waiting, the future employer can temporarily hire someone or start the application to prepare for the impending resignation of the current caregiver.
1st option: if you don’t know anybody, check the Job Bank of Canada:
- Employers post in the job bank (not mandatory) as part of the requirements in hiring a temporary foreign worker or permanent resident.
- Employers are encouraged to post in other online job directory (such as Indeed and Workopolis) and classified ads of local newspaper.
2nd option: look for a caregiver agency in the Philippines.
The Citizenship and Immigration Canada do not require any applicant to seek help through agency. If you choose to find an employer in Canada through an agency do your homework.
Let’s assume you are qualified (of course you will be).
Next stop is to learn how to submit the application for work permit and visa to become a caregiver in Canada.
Apply for Work Permit in Canada from the Philippines
There are two ways to apply for work permit:
- You can submit the application online for temporary work permit. You will have to answer questions to determine if you are eligible to apply online. This will take a lot of time in completing and require a technical skill and gadgets (printer, scanner and photo editor). Can’t do it on your own? Call a friend. Or friend of a friend.
- You can submit the application on paper. This is way much straightforward and convenient for some. The Instruction Guide (IMM 5487) is a must-read to apply on paper.
Overview of application forms:
- Document Checklist (IMM 5488)
- Visa office instructions – Work permit (IMM 5917)
- Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada (IMM 1295)
- Family Information (IMM 5465)
- Schedule 1 – Application for Temporary Resident Visa (IMM 5257 – Schedule 1)
- Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (IMM 5409)
- Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) if applicable
Other requirements for temporary work permit:
- Fee payment in acceptable format (biometrics fee is not required)
- Employment contract
- Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) formerly called Labour Market Opinion (LMO) since June 2014
- Original valid passport along with the copy of the passport bio-data page
- Two photos (meeting the Visa application photograph specifications)
- Evidence of meeting the job offer:
- Original records of education
- Records of training (applying based on training): caregiving certificate from the TESDA accredited school, on-the-job training certificate, and National Certificate II in Caregiving (exam/assessment of your knowledge in caregiving)
- Records of employment (applying based on experience)
- Letters of reference (past and present employers)
- NBI certificate (original copy)
- Police certificate (for applicants 18 years old or older) in countries where you resided for 6 months or longer in the past 10 years
- Additional documents required by the visa office
Note: IELTS is not indicated as a requirement for English proficiency. If you were required to take it as part of the qualification, can you leave a comment to inform other applicants.
If applicable submit the following as well:
- Certificat d’Acceptation du Québec (CAQ)
- Police Certificate from any foreign country
- Authority to Release Personal Information (IMM5475)
Read carefully the checklist and instruction guide for the application for a work permit as a caregiver since a lot have changed throughout the years. You can ask a friend living in Canada already because you can’t leave any unturned stones.
Details are important. And it keeps on changing.
Note: whether you are going to submit original or photo copy. Submit the application prior to the expiration of LMIA.
If you are wondering, I submitted my application for work permit along with the application for the Temporary Resident Visa (TVR) through courier ages ago. If online application is possible back then, I’ll definitely rely on the Internet; it is faster and convenient.
So what is a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) and why do you need one?
Photo credit: hospital1_jpg by pedrojperez