Canada’s Two New Caregiver Immigration Pilots Now Open For Applications
Canada’s two new pilots for caregiver immigration opened for applications on Tuesday June 18, 2019, the federal government has announced. The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots both offer a direct pathway to permanent residence, and allow applicants to bring family members with them to Canada.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says each new pilot has a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants, for a total of 5,500 principal applicants per year, plus their immediate family.
Candidates are only eligible for an initial occupation-specific work permit if they have a Canada job offer in hand and provided they meet standard criteria for economic immigration programs. Once they have accumulated two years of work experience, the pathway to permanent residence is guaranteed.
Canada Caregiver Immigration
The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots, which replaced the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots on June 18, 2019, have options for both candidates apply from overseas and those already in Canada.
Canada’s Interim Pathway for Caregivers is a short-term pathway aimed at caregivers who came to Canada as temporary foreign workers since 2014 but were unable to qualify for permanent residence through an existing program. It will re-open on July 8, 2019 and accept applications for 3 months. The Live-In Caregiver Program closed to new applications in 2014, but candidates who came to Canada through the program can still apply for permanent residence.
Meanwhile, the federal government has also announced a new window of opportunity through the Interim Pathway for Caregivers. It will re-open on July 8, 2019 and accept applications for 3 months. The short-term pathway is aimed at caregivers who came to Canada as temporary foreign workers since 2014 but were unable to qualify for permanent residence through an existing program.
Important Features of Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots
- Occupation-specific work permits instead of employer-specific work permits, to allow candidates to change jobs.
- Open work permits and/or study permits for immediate family members.
- Guaranteed permanent residence. Once two years of work experience is accumulated, candidates will be able to become permanent residents quickly.
“Canada is caring for our caregivers,” said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.
“We made a commitment to improve the lives of caregivers and their families who come from around the world to care for our loved ones and with these new pilots, we are doing exactly that.”
Initial applications to the new pilots have a target processing time of 12 months. Applications for permanent residence after accumulating two years of experience have a target processing time of six months.
The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots, as of June 18, 2019.
Caregivers who were working towards applying to expiring pilots can now apply through either of the new pilots.
Those who applied through the old system before June 18 will have their applications processed through to a final decision.
With the move to occupation-specific work permits, employers no longer need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring a caregiver from overseas.
Requirements: Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots
- Job offer
- CLB 5 language level
- 1 year of Canadian post-secondary education or foreign equivalent
Applying From Outside Canada
Step 1: Get a Work Permit
- Submit applications for permanent residence and work or study permit(s) for yourself and your family.
- Get an occupation-specific work permit to obtain the work experience you need for permanent residence.
- Get work or study permits for your spouse or common-law partner and children to come with you.
Step 2. Permanent Residence Finalized
Once two years of work experience is completed, submit proof to IRCC to get permanent residence.
Applying From In Canada
Candidates who already have work experience as an in-home caregiver in Canada can choose one of two options:
1) Use the 2-step process outlined above, then complete two years of experience to get permanent residence.
2) Keep working in Canada with current work permit and apply for permanent residence once 2 years of work experience are complete, provided general requirements are met.
Interim Pathway For Caregivers
Eligibility Criteria and Conditions
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Be authorized to work in Canada on a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit.
- Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.
- Has obtained:
- a completed Canadian educational credential of at least a secondary school diploma; or,
- a foreign diploma, certificate or credential, along with an equivalency assessment — issued within five years before the date of application— that indicates that the foreign diploma, certificate or credential is equivalent to a completed Canadian secondary school diploma.
- Has attained a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 5 in either official language for each of the four language skill areas, as set out in the Canadian Language Benchmarks or the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens.
- Since November 30, 2014, has acquired one year of authorized full-time Canadian work experience on a Temporary Foreign Worker Program work permit in any combination of the following eligible occupations:
- Home child care provider as per the terms of NOC 4411, other than any experience as a foster parent.
- Home support worker or related occupation, but not a housekeeper, under NOC 4412.
Live-In Caregiver Program
You can apply for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) if you have at least two years of work experience in the program and:
- You are already working in Canada with an LCP work permit, or
- You were approved for your first LCP work permit based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment submitted to Employment and Social Development Canada on or before November 30, 2014.
Submitting an application
All applications for permanent residence under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers must be submitted to the Case Processing Centre in Edmonton.