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How to Sponsor a Family Member at a Caregiver Agency

by Sarah Parker

People often hire caregivers to take care of their children, people with disabilities or elderly people at home. In the USA and Canada, many families hire foreign caregivers but local caregivers are also employed. Employers can hire caregivers independently; however there are many caregiver agencies available to facilitate the process. Caregivers can be live-in or live-out, and work part-time or full-time. Some countries, like Canada, have a separate live-in caregiver program where the employer is the sponsor of the caregiver.

Contact your caregiver agency and introduce your family member that you want to hire as a caregiver. The caregiver agency will ask the candidate to fill out an application, and will interview her.

Send the caregiver agency a secondary school education certificate of the candidate and proof of the candidate's six-month training or one year of related work experience. The agency may ask for pictures to verify the work experience.

Apply for a Labour Market Opinion, in Canada, to your nearest Human Resources and Skills Development Canada/Service Canada -- or HRSDC/SC -- through the caregiver agency. The LMO checks the impact of hiring a foreigner to work in Canada on the labor market. It also ascertains that you have already sought hiring local residents before looking to hire a foreigner.

Receive the positive LMO and sign the employment contract with the caregiver through the caregiver agency. The health and fringe benefits for the caregiver will be listed in the contract.

Show your financial capability to pay the wages of the caregiver to the caregiver agency for the HRSDC/SC. Show that you can provide the caregiver with a private furnished room to reside in on the same premises where the care is to be provided or with you.

Ensure the caregiver obtains an application kit from the local Canadian Embassy from his country of residence.

Ensure the candidate submits the LMO, employment contract and application kit with the required documents for the work permit.

Follow up with the caregiver agency to determine the arrival of the caregiver to the country. Check for further training and support facilities for the caregiver available.

Items you will need
  • Proof of finances
  • Caregiver's secondary school education certificate
  • Proof of caregiver's six months' training or at least one year of full-time paid work experience

About the Author

Sarah Parker has been writing since 2007. She has written for various businesses, covering topics such as parenting, gardening and crafts projects. Parker holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong.

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