Do you still remember the feeling of receiving your first work permit? Ecstatic. Relieved. Anxious.
You could have run if only the small-yet-heavy luggage is not slowing you down.
After sitting or reclining on the plane seat for hours and finding your way in a huge airport, you made it to your next flight. Just in time.
Fast forward and now you are figuring out how to apply for open work permit for live-in caregivers. The rest of the post is dedicated for that but first you have to know the difference:
With open work permit you can work in other fields apart from caregiving.
You can go back to the career you left behind in the Philippines or pursue the career you always dream of.
It’s all up to you. For now let’s focus in getting an open work permit.
So when is the right time to apply for open work permit for live-in Caregivers?
The application for open work permit can be submitted together with the application for permanent resident status which requires 24 months or 3,900 hours of full-time employment.
You can submit it separately but shouldn’t. Here is the advice of the Citizenship Immigration Canada to the applicants:
It does make sense to do all the paper works and not worry losing either one.
Do not imagine yet the piles of papers. Concentrate on how to apply for open work permit for caregivers by gathering all the forms for serious reading.
Tips Before Downloading the Requirements:
- Download the latest Adobe Reader X1. Installing McAfee Security Scan Plus is optional. Uncheck the box if you don’t want to install McAfee.
- To quickly save the form, right click the link and choose “Save Link As…” option.
Application Forms for Open Work Permit for Caregivers
Typically you will only need to submit the following forms:
- Document Checklist (IMM 5556)
- Application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker (IMM 5710)
Tips in Filling Out the Application Forms:
- Print all the forms and fill out using red and black pens. Don’t forget the correction liquid. (Feeling like a student again?) It can get messy as you write things down—with every recollection and correction.
- Read the Instruction Guide (IMM 5553) before filling out the form.
- Validate and save the forms once you’re done. Do not worry; you can still edit and save the changes.
- After validation, an additional page with bar code is added to the form (IMM 5710).
Write “Open Work Permit – Live-in Caregiver“ on the top of the form.
If you have a question on how to apply for open work permit for live-in caregivers, it is always best to get first-hand information.
You can call the Citizenship Immigration Canada for all your queries. Be patient though. Stay on the line since it may take some time for your turn depending on the time of the day and number of callers.
How to Pay the Fee
Once you completed the application forms it’s time to pay $155.00 (renewal or initial work permit) and $100.00 (since February 21, 2015 for the Open Work Permit Holder fee).
You can pay the fee for the application of open work permit for caregivers in two ways:
- You can pay online. It is the fastest and convenient way since you can quickly print the receipt. You also have the option of saving the receipt as PDF or sending it to your email.
You can pay through a financial institution in Canada. First, you have to request for original receipt online. The receipt will be mailed to you. Second, use the receipt in paying the bank or wire service. You will get a copy to be sent with the application.
Check, Check, and Check Again
Before you seal the envelope and send the application ask yourself:
“Am I missing something?”
“Have I done all the steps on how to apply for open work permit for live-in caregivers?”
You’ve done your part at this point. (I’m sure of that.) There are just so much excitement and nervousness that are bothering you at the same time. Treat this as “I’m almost done” anxiety.
Ask someone (you trust) to review your application form.
Errors are often spotted by others who haven’t spent a great deal of time dealing with paper work—and pressure. Later on you’ll feel (and sleep) better.
What’s Next After the Submission of Complete Application?
After all the hard work comes the best part: relaxing–and waiting. And also learn from my permanent residency interview.
Feel the same emotion at the time you first had a work permit—while not reliving the anxiety of the next flight.
Now back to you.
How are you doing with your application? If you have any questions let me know by commenting. And don’t forget to share some tips.
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