Hiring a nanny or caregiver from abroad is usually the best option available to Canadian families when local nannies are not available or are too expensive. There has been a shortage of caregivers in Canada for a long time. Hence, the Canadian government has launched the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in order to fulfill this necessity. In this blog, we have covered all the aspects related to hiring a foreign live-in nanny.
After posting the job in the job banks, the employer can start searching for nannies or caregivers abroad. They can use online resources to accomplish this task themselves using websites such as Canadiannanny.ca or hire an agency to do the same. An agency is usually a better option in such jobs because they know what skills are required to be a professional nanny and, can better assess the experience & qualifications of a candidate.
Once a nanny or a caregiver is successfully chosen and, a formal work agreement is signed by both of the parties, the employer needs to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). He/she has to pay a non-refundable fee of $1000 associated with the application.
Generally, the foreign nanny lives with the employers or in the place where she works, but, it is not a requirement. He/she can live in a house different from her place of work.
However, if the nanny resides in the employers’ household, the employers need to provide him/her a private accommodation, such as a room with a window and a door lock, and keys for the same, so they can access the room freely.
The main benefits of hiring a foreign live-in nanny are:
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The caregiver coming to Canada must also fulfill some requirements under the TFWP program. She should be able to prove that she has studied a minimum of 72 units in her post-secondary schooling. Along with that, she should demonstrate a minimum of 1 year of experience as a child or elderly caregiver, supported with a contract of employment. However, if the foreign nanny undertook a course in a medical field or education field, she may not need to prove her experience.
The entire process can take about 9-12 months in Quebec, but over 16 months in other Canadian provinces. This length also depends upon which country the caregiving is coming from.
We understand that this process can be overwhelming to the employers. That is why, our nanny agency specializes in bringing live-in nannies and caregivers from abroad to place them with the Canadian families. Our agency searches for nannies all year round. We spend every day looking at CVs and reading emails to scout the candidates who are well-educated, have relevant international experience and meet the requirements for the immigration program.
To put it simply: we do the researching for you and pick the absolute best profiles from a vast pool of candidates.
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