The myth of ‘Express’ Entry

Community News & Features Aug 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm
Filipina caregivers are fighting for the same rights British caregivers received a century ago. (Image screengrab from  www.inclusivecan.ca)

Filipina caregivers are fighting for the same rights British caregivers received a century ago. (Image screengrab from www.inclusivecan.ca)

EXPRESS DEPORTATION?

From everything we’ve been hearing, Chris Alexander wants to turn the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) into an “Express Entry” class of immigration. “Express” sounds good, right?

Don’t believe the name. Express Entry hurts caregivers. Here’s why:

Current System

1. Caregivers come to Canada and work as a live-in caregiver.

2. After a minimum of 22 months (for those who worked overtime) / 24 months of hard work, caregivers are entitled to apply for permanent residency.

3. There is no cap on the number of caregivers who can be granted PR. Based on the most recent Citizenship and Immigration Canada statistics, 96% of PR applications through the LCP are approved.

Potential New System

Based on the information that has been released to the public, here is how the LCP could work under the new system:

1. Caregivers come to Canada and work as a live-in caregiver.

2. After working the required amount of time, caregivers will compete with a pool of candidates that includes other people, including doctors, engineers, and accountants. The number of people invited to apply for PR will be capped.

3. Only if an employer picks the caregiver out of the pool, and only if the government invites the caregiver, can she or he apply for permanent residency. Far fewer caregivers will receive permanent residency under the proposed system.

Conclusions

The government wants to change permanent residency from something that is earned by caregivers into something that is arbitrary and at the pleasure of the Minister of Immigration.

The number of caregivers granted permanent residency will only go down.

Many caregivers, after working hard for Canadian families will lose their status.

The restrictions on what caregivers can do during the LCP (e.g. no realistic access to training) likely means that caregivers will find it very hard to satisfy the Express Entry requirements.

Immigrants will be unfairly pitted against other immigrants.

Don’t be misled. “Express Entry” for caregivers is not a quick path to permanent residency. It’s an express path to losing status and deportation.

(Canadians for an Inclusive Canada)