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Canada as a Live-in Caregiver (Nanny)

Live-in caregivers are individuals who are qualified to provide care for children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities in private homes without supervision.

Moving to Canada as a nanny is very popular and people love working as nanny in Canada , get lot of experience . Canadian immigration is little bit complicated legal process , especially if you want to migrate using a work visa.

For a foreign worker who want to immigrate to Canada as a nanny, the government offers the chance to become a permanent resident after he or she has worked as a caregiver for two years. At this point of time he or she can include his or her family members.


  1. You must have completed the equivalent of Canadian high school education

  2. At least 6 months training in a class room setting (!live-in-caregiver-program/vo51f )or at least 1 year of full time paid work experience as a caregiver or in a related field or occupation (including 6 months with one employer) in the past 3 years.

  3. You must be able to speak, read and understand either English or French at a level that allows you to function independently in a home setting. For example, you must be able to contact emergency services if required and to understand labels on medication.

  4. A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from an employer in Canada.

  5. A written contract with your future employer, signed by you and the employer.

  6. Applicant will have to make an application for an initial live-in caregiver work permit at a visa office outside Canada.

How the whole process works:-

  1. Do live-in caregiver (Nanny) course in your home country.

  2. Start working as nanny in your home country.

  3. Clear some Language proficiency test (IELTS etc.)

  4. Start finding out employers in Canada, use job sites of Canada: (,,,,,,,,,, or you can use other sources.

  5. Employer interviews and hires you, employer will apply for LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment)

  6. Once the LMIA is approved and you have signed contract with your future employer, you can apply for work permit at a visa office outside Canada.

  7. Most foreign workers will be required to attend interviews with embassy officials before the visa is granted. This interview is done to ensure that the caregiver’s employment will have no adverse effects on the employment prospects of other caregivers or nannies in the country.

  8. Once a work permit is issued, you may be issued TRV upon arrival in Canada at port of entry, depending on your country of citizenship.

  9. The work permit is valid for two years, after which the foreign caregiver can apply for permanent immigration to Canada. At this stage you can include your kids and spouse (if any).

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