The Caregiver program is a program for individuals who want to migrate and work in Canada as caregivers. These are the workers who provide support to our children, seniors, and others requiring care. A new caregiver immigration pilot program was launched on June 18, 2019, and has replaced all old, expired, or soon expiring caregiver programs. The new caregiver pilot program has more flexibility and has more good news for prospective caregiver applicants. 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.
Caregiver Permanent Residence Pathways:
- Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)
- Interim Pathway for Caregivers
- Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot Programs
Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP)
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. Individuals can apply for permanent residence through the program if they have at least two years of work experience in the program. They were approved for their first LCP work permit based on an employer’s positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application submitted on or before November 30, 2014.
Interim Pathway for Caregivers
Canada’s Interim Pathway for Caregivers closed on October 8, 2019. IRCC is no longer accepting new applications but will process applications submitted before October 8, 2019. It offered 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.
Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot Programs
The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots and provide eligible caregivers with a pathway to permanent residence once they’ve acquired two years of Canadian work experience.
- Caregivers with work experience in NOC 4411 (excluding foster parents) will be eligible for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot.
- Caregivers with work experience in NOC 4412 (excluding housekeepers) will be eligible for permanent residence through the Home Support Worker Pilot.
- Caregivers already working in Canada on a work permit who meet these criteria can also apply for permanent residence through the new pilots.
- Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5;
- One year of Canadian post-secondary education or the foreign equivalent; and
- Admissible to Canada.
Each program will accept a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants each, for a total of 5,500 principal applicants, per year. Even, you can use your work experience in Quebec to apply for permanent residence through one of the caregiver programs if you plan to live in a province other than Quebec.
The pilot programs also provide:
- Occupation-specific work permits for caregivers rather than employer-specific, providing the ability to change jobs without any further formalities.
- Open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children, to allow the caregiver’s family to accompany them to Canada.
- Employers hiring a caregiver from overseas will no longer need a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
- Family members of caregivers working in Canada will be eligible for open work permits or study permits
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