Migrant caregivers in Canada are urging the federal government to make permanent resident status easier for them, stating that immigration struggles are unfair for people who support families.
Since November 2018, when Canada’s caregiver immigration program expired, caregivers in Canada have been finding it extremely difficult to bring their families including children to the country.
Yesterday, Sunday 12 May, the migrants organized a sombre Mother’s Day brunch to send a message of the family they wish to have in Canada to the government. One of them, a Filipino, lamented how hopeless and helpless she feels about any chance of her two daughters joining her in the country.
Proposed caregivers program
In February, Ahmed Hussen – Canada Immigration Minister revealed two pilot programs that are lined up to replace the expired migrant caregivers’ program.
According to Hussen, the two pilot programs which are designed to make permanent residency easier for the migrants will have a total of 5,500 principal applicants annually, 2,750 apiece and caregivers and their families will get work permits and open permits respectively.
The new programs are in response to Canada’s commitment towards improving the pathways to permanent residency for caregivers, and the country’s immigration department is hopeful the errors of the previous program will be corrected, according to a spokesperson for Hussen.
Despite the plans, no legislation has been put in place for implementation, which is a significant concern for caregivers. Kara Manso, the coordinator for Caregivers Action Centre, said the interim plan is lackluster and exclusionary because the language and educational requirements are unrealistic. She suggested the permanent solution to the problem is a residency, which she believed is obvious but is simply ignored.
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