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COVID19 and your Au Pair

COVID19 has created all sorts of troubles for Canadian Host Families and Au Pairs. From flight cancelations to quarantines and Visa processing holds… here is some information to help you navigate through these strange times.

If you have found an Au Pair with an IEC Visa application approved and a Port of Entry letter (POE) in hand she will need the following in order to enter Canada and be officially issued her Working Holiday Permit…

📌POE letter & extension (if issued)

📌A written & signed job offer (based off of your Au Pair contract). This should provide ALL contact info, address, phone #, payroll number, hours of work, hourly pay, general job description, duration of employment. You must be able to demonstrate you are a legitimate employer in your job offer. No cash, under the table, weekly allowance, tax-free payments etc….

📌A written 14-day quarantine plan.

📌Proof of Insurance.

📌Proof of Funds.

📌Canadian Government website info re: Covid restrictions, entry to Canada, quarantine requirements etc…

📌Proof of Medical Examination (the Au Pair should have had a Panel Exam done with results uploaded by the physician to IRC).

It is the employer’s responsibility to pay the Au Pair during the mandatory quarantine period. Au Pairs in Canada as part of the International Youth Mobility Program (IEC Working Holiday Visa) fall under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. The IRCC advises :

You must pay wages that are substantially the same as offered in the offer of employment during the period of mandatory quarantine when the worker first arrives in Canada, as per the current Quarantine Act order, even if the worker is unable to perform any work.

Canadian Au Pair Solutions has contracts, job offers and sample quarantine plans in our Document Library if you are looking to purchase a membership. Please email us if you would like more information.

If your Au Pair has not received application approval then it is a waiting game regarding when the program will reopen.

International Experience Canada has advised the following:

We will not be sending out new rounds of invitations at this time. They are on hold until further notice.

We continue to accept submissions of profiles into IEC pools. However, due to service interruptions, applications are not being processed at this time.

Applications in process will not be closed or refused for lack of documentation or inability to complete the application process in time, such as giving biometrics or completing a medical exam.

Here is the link to the Coronavirus/IEC website for updates. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/iec.html?fbclid=IwAR0WCcx5RIOLrepnPaZi7dK7nVoMe_aeIJxh0-hHXlOxnU0bZaMyVzWml48