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May 2008 - Disappointments of some caregivers applicants

Disappointments of some caregivers applicants

☳ by Adam Aspilla

Canada’s caregivers program enable thousands of applicants around the world to come to Canada on working visas and became landed immigrants, then Canadian citizens.


This is the reason why caregiver recruiters’ business is booming for thousands of people from around the world who want to come to Canada as immigrants. Furthermore, there are professionals who applied for caregivers for they could not meet the point systems under other category.


Most caregiver recruiters are operating legitimate businesses and honest in dealing with  their applicants. They have helped thousands to come to Canada through their services.


However, there are few who collect the full amount of their service fees in thousand of dollars, despite knowing fully well that they do not have prospective employers for their applicants.


And this is unfortunate because many of these applicants borrowed money from friends and relatives and even sold their parents land just to generate the amount to pay the recruiters’ fees. These kinds of recruiters, applicants should be cautious, otherwise, they would experience great disappointments in their lives.


Just recently I met a caregiver whose six friends working in Middle East paid $3,500.00 each to a recruiter for the full payment of the recruiter’s services. They recruiter promised to send to them the necessary documents as soon possible from their prospective employers with the proper approval from Canada Immigration office.


It has been a year now, the recruiter failed to deliver the documents for them to process their papers. Another disappointment is they could not file complaints against the recruiter to the proper authorities for they are outside of Canada.


To avoid disappointments, if you have friends and relatives abroad who seek services of a caregiver recruiter to come to Canada, you may advise them to pay only a small percentage of the recruiter’s service fees and full payment only upon receipt of all documentation required under the caregiver program.


Moreover, you may check the background of the recruiter and ask for the names, addresses and telephone numbers of those caregivers they already helped and came to Canada. In addition, to be sure the recruiter is not a “fly by night” operation, visit his/her office and look his/her credentials and licenses usually they are hanged on the wall.  Usually, the longer a recruiter operates the more he/she is reliable.

Adam Aspilla is a Senior Financial Counselor of the Debt Clinic of Canada Inc. and the author of the book, You Can Negotiate All Your Debts. He also writes a biweekly column, “What Matters In Life” in “Taliba Newspaper. For free initial, professional and confidential consultation, please call 905-306-7572.