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Foreign caregivers still waiting for open work permits

posted May 21, 2012, 4:34 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated May 21, 2012, 4:35 PM ]
By Tobi Cohen, Postmedia News May 14, 2012

OTTAWA — The federal government seems to be having a tough time delivering on a promise to live-in caregivers who were told in December that they no longer would have to wait for an open work permit once their contract is up.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced with fanfare that the government had introduced processing changes that would ensure foreign nannies who had completed the requisite two years of work would be able to get their open work permits almost immediately once they'd applied for permanent residency, rather than being forced to wait some 18 months.

Five months later, however, stakeholders say many caregivers are still waiting and officials aren't able to offer any concrete timelines.

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