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New pilot programs launched for Caregivers to obtain permanent residency in Canada

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June 20, 2019

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By Haramrit Kaur

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The Government of Canada has paid substantial attention to the vulnerabilities of the caregivers working in Canada without finding any pathway to obtain permanent residence.

 

Interim Caregivers Program-Extended

 

The short-term interim pathway that began accepting applications in the month of March 4, 2019 until June 4, 2019, will re-open again for 3 months on July 8, 2019. This program requires:

- minimum language requirements of CLB 5 in English or French; and 

- work experience of 12 months in Canada in the relevant NOC code

- minimum education of high school diploma in Canada or ECA for foreign diploma, certificate or credential 

 

 New Programs effective from July 18, 2019

 

There are two new programs that began accepting applications on June 18, 2019, which replaced the existing Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pilots. 

The new programs are Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots, applying under which will provide a work permit to the caregivers. This is a 5-year pilot program with a goal to grant permanent residence to the qualifying candidates and their family members. 

The caregivers must have a job offer in Canada and satisfy the minimum requirements of the program. 

 

Qualifying Work Experience

 

1. If you have 2 years of work experience: The 2 years of qualifying experience as a home care provider and home support worker, which falls under NOC 4411 and NOC 4412, respectively, will be eligible to apply for the permanent residency directly under one of these pilots. 

2. If you do not have any work experience: The pilot program provides an opportunity to submit an application for a work permit together with the application for permanent residence, if all other requirements are met. Once the applicant meets the work permit requirements, an occupation-specific open work permit is issued that will allow the caregiver to work any employer, as opposed to working for one employer, that was the case in the past. The applicant can gain 24 months of qualifying work experience to obtain permanent residence in Canada. 

3. If you have less than 24 months of experience: The pilot allows the applicant to apply under either of the two pilots, as long as the other eligibility requirements are met. The applicant can apply for a work permit along with the application to obtain permanent residence. Once the work experience is enough to qualify and proof of experience is sent, the application will be considered. 

 

Non- qualifying work experience

 

- Experience as a foster parent does not count, when counting experience under NOC 4411

- Experience as a housekeeper does not count, when counting experience under NOC 4412

 

To help you navigate the entire process, our team has the resources and skills to assist. To know more about your eligibility under different categories, please contact us by email at support@spscanada.com or call at 905.362.9393. Our team will be in touch with you shortly.


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