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Work Requirement: Jocelyn Godroy and Caregiver Program

work requirement: NICHOLAS KEUNG / TORONTO STAR By Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter Thu., July 20, 2017 When Jocelyn Godroy left behind her three kids in the Philippines to work abroad as a live-in caregiver, they were 10, 7 and 3, according to Toronto Star. After working in Hong Kong for four years, she arrived in Toronto in 2008 under Canada's live-in caregiver program. Godroy said it's hard to be apart from her children, especially when they are sick. Two years later, she applied for permanent residency to reunite with her family as soon as she met the live-in work requirement. I'm taking care of others' children but can't take care of my own kids, who are living by their own selves, said Godroy, 43, whose marriage has broken down and whose mother the care provider of her children has passed away during her time away from home. Over the 13-year span working abroad, the former midwife has only managed to visit her children now 23, 20 and 16 three times because the money for trips is better spent on her kids' education and basic needs. ( As reported in the news.