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Why Choose A - Class Nannies and Caregivers?

A - Class Nannies and Caregivers Inc. have been in the business of nanny and caregiver referral of qualified caregivers and nannies to families since 1997. We have placed many satisfied nannies and caregivers to Canadians employers across Canada.

Does A - Class Nannies & Caregivers Inc. charge placement fees to persons seeking employment?

A - Class Nannies & Caregivers Inc. does not charge persons seeking employment placement fees. We do not have placement fee as services. It is not legal under the British Columbia Employment Standards Act for Employment Agencies to charge persons seeking employment placement fees.

Under the Provincial British Columbia Employment Standards Act Employment Agencies
“ No charge for hiring or providing information
10 (1) A person must not request, charge or receive, directly or indirectly, from a person seeking employment a payment for (a) employing or obtaining employment for the person seeking employment, or
(b) providing information about employers seeking employees.
(2) A person does not contravene this section by requesting, charging or receiving payment for any form of advertisement from the person who placed the advertisement.
(3) A payment received by a person in contravention of this section is deemed to be wages owing and this Act applies to the recovery of the payment.
No fees to other persons
11 (1) An employment agency must not make a payment, directly or indirectly, to a person for obtaining or assisting in obtaining employment for someone else.”  

Is it the Employment Agency's responsibility to process work permit for foreign workers (persons seeking employment)?

No, this is not the responsibility of the Employment Agency. This responsibility lies on the foreign worker (persons seeking employment).

Do you provide immigration services to foreign workers (persons seeking employment)?

Authorized Representative are persons authorized to provide immigration services such as providing advise, guidance, representation and completion of forms required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This services and fees cannot be misconstrued as placement fees..
Should a foreign worker elect to retain immigration services from a Authorized Representative we can refer you to one, the services retained are to

I am a foreign worker (person seeking employment) and I was placed by A - Class Nannies & Caregivers Inc., am I obligated to retain the immigration services offered by A - Class Nannies & Caregivers Inc.?

No, you are not obligated to retain the immigration services by A - Class Nannies & Caregivers Inc. But it is not the responsibility of A - Class Nannies & Caregivers Inc. to process your immigration application. This is your responsibility. This is also not the responsibility of your prospective employer.

Why does a foreign worker (person seeking employment) seek the immigration services of an Authorized Representative?

Foreign workers (persons seeking employment) seek immigration services from an Authorized Representative because of their expertise in immigration matters, knowledge of immigration, they seek advise on immigration related matters, guidance, representation and completion of forms required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

A - Class Nannies & Caregivers Inc. found work for me and I would like to retain the immigration services from an Authorized Representative, can I do that?

Yes you can retain the immigration services of an Authorized Representative. But this would be an additional expense you would incur.

Is a foreign worker (persons seeking employment) obligated to retain immigration services from an Authorized Representative?

Foreign workers (persons seeking employment) are under no obligation to retain  immigration services from an Authorized Representative.

Foreign workers (persons seeking employment) elect to retain immigration services from an Authorized Representative because they seek advise, guidance, representation and completion of forms required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Who can represent you on Citizenship and Immigration Canada?

Under the Federal Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
“Representation for a fee
13.1 (1) Subject to subsection (2), no person who is not an authorized representative may, for a fee, represent, advise or consult with a person who is the subject of a proceeding or application before the Minister, an officer or the Board.”

Paid immigration representatives
The only representatives who may charge a fee to represent or advise you on immigration and refugee matters with the Government of Canada are:
1. Lawyers who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society;
2. Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, and;
3. Notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec
The Government of Canada will not deal with non-authorized representatives who charge a fee for their service. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/representative/rep-who.asp

To view the list of licensed Immigration Consultants https://www.csic-scci.ca/find/all.html

How long is the processing time?

The processing time depends on the country you are coming from. Check the current processing time in your country by visiting the Canadian Embassy website in your area.  http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/offices/missions.html

How do employers choose the caregivers?

The employers look mainly on your experiences. Some employers determine your qualification base on your work history or educational attainment. They look at how many years you have worked for an employer or family, and based on the comments that your employers have provided on reference letters.

What are the chances of overseas applicants to be hired?

Overseas applicants who have real and paid working experiences taking care of children, the elderly or person with special needs have the edge. Training is a plus, but mostly employers prefer hands on experiences.

What are the responsibilities, duties and work of a caregiver?

Basically, it is a domestic work. Most people apply for the position without really realizing the responsibility of the caregiver. A lot of times, one takes the training just to be able to get to Canada but is not aware of the real work, and often times the person quits and/or is terminated from employment. You must remember that it is not the same in the classroom when you go for the actual job.

Live-In Caregivers are required to multi task and manage a home in the absence of the employer. That would mean that aside from the personal care required, you are also required to cook and tend housekeeping duties.

What are the requirements under the Live-In Caregiver Program?

You must be able to pass the Citizenship and Immigration Canada's requirements for the Live in Caregiver Program and you must meet the A - Class Nannies and Caregivers Inc. standard. For complete list, please click here.

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