Live-in nannies and live-in
caregivers are qualified professionals who provide care
for children, the elderly, or those with disabilities or
special needs. Live-in caregivers work unsupervised, and
live in the private home of their employer, for the
duration of their contract.
Hiring a live-in nanny or caregiver
from overseas is a simple, three-step process.
Following this procedure can save you hundreds, and even
thousands, of dollars in fees and agency charges,
and still be entirely legal and safe.
Here's what to do:
Find a professional
nanny or caregiver using Live In Nanny's database
a) Search our database and find candidates whose
experience and personalities meet or exceed your
b) Send a direct message to the
candidate or candidates you are interested in.
Include your name, a brief description of your needs
and your situation, and your contact details.
The candidates will respond directly to you, by
email, phone, or video call.
d) Interview the
candidates by telephone or by computerized video
call (e.g. Skype).
e) Select the best candidate
who has the experience, skills, and personality that
is the best fit for you and your family. In order
for your preferred candidate to be approved to take
the position, she is legally required to have the
correct, appropriate, and legitimate qualifications,
as well as verified experience. For example, you can
not hire candidate with eldercare experience for
Obtain a “Labour Market
Impact Assessment”, also known as an “LMIA” (LMO old
name) from the office of
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The LMIA allows your chosen caregiver to apply for her
work permit. Including the required advertisement
period, receiving the LMIA normally takes six to
For a list of LMIA application forms and a sample
employment contract that you can use as a guideline, click here
LMIA application forms and
For more information on LMIA's in general,
Once you have received
the LMIA, make a copy for your records and send the
original to the caregiver you have chosen to employ.
Your caregiver will then take it to her nearest
Canadian embassy to apply for her work permit. Note:
Some Canadian embassies process applications quicker
than others. For assistance, contact the Canadian
embassy located in your caregiver's home country, by
email. They will be happy to help with any queries
you may have and are known for their responsiveness.
Typically, the entire hiring
process will take no longer than four to six months.
Assistance in Processing Hiring Paperwork
It is a legal requirement that you do the necessary
paperwork to legally hire an overseas caregiver to work
in Canada. However, paperwork isn't always easy for
everyone. Because of this, we are happy to provide this
specialist service for you, at a small cost.
Please feel free to contact us for more information.