Hello everyone, this is my first post to the forum and I wasn't able to find a category specifically on the subject of the Live-in Caregiver program, so I'm posting it here in the General section. An extended family member in the Philippines has recently completed an approved Caregiver course which meets the standards of Canada's LIC program. But to our great disappointment, we have found out, through several reputable agencies here in Canada, that nobody is accepting applications from the Philippines because of excessively long processing times at the visa office in Manila. Employers don't want to wait 18 months to get a live-in caregiver, which is understandable, but is the Canadian government doing anything to address this backlog? Filipinos have traditionally made up a very large percentage of the live-in caregivers here in Canada, but it seems now they are, in effect, shut out of the program through no fault of their own. One of the agencies said that our relative should first go to another country with shorter processing times (Cyprus, of all places, was suggested), work for a year and then apply. This option is really not very practical. Can anyone shed some light on how this situation arose, and what, if anything is being done about it. Thanks in advance.