Canada Has Launched Two Caregiver Immigration Pilots

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Canada started accepting applications for the Home Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot today June 18, 2019.

These two caregiver immigration pilot will 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 have acquired two years of Canadian work experience.

Note, if you had applied to any of the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots before June 18, your applications will still be processed but new applications can only be accepted through the new pilot programs.

The two new Caregiver Immigration Pilots Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pilots will provide work permits to caregivers who have a job offer in Canada and meet the following criteria;

  • Language tests result showing a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5;
  • One year of Canadian post-secondary education or the foreign equivalent; and
  • Admissible to Canada.

If you are a caregiver who is already working in Canada on a work permit and meets the listed criteria, you can also apply for permanent residence through the new pilots.

The current laws prevent caregiver’s family members from accompanying them to Canada. With the new programs, caregivers will be allowed to bring their family members and their spouse/common-law partner will be offered open work permits. In addition, any dependent children will also be offered study permits for them to continue their education in Canada. “Caregivers provide care to families in Canada that need it, and it’s time for Canada to care for them in return,” said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.

“We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment.”

Eligibility requirements

To apply to the Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker pilots, candidates must have a valid job offer in Canada, meet Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5, and have at least one year of post-secondary education.

Candidates who meet the requirements will be issued a work permit to begin working as a caregiver in Canada. After completing two years of work in either NOC 4411 or NOC 4412, they will be able to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates who are already in Canada on a work permit and who meet the criteria may also apply.

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