Starting from Tuesday 18 June 2019, applications for Canada's two new caregiver immigration pilots would be accepted, and an interim pathway for the caregivers will be reopened by early July.
Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots are being replaced by the new pilots, Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot, in order to create a pathway to permanent residence for eligible caregivers who have at least two years of Canadian work experience.
All applications received under the previous pilots before 18 June will be processed, but no applications will be received under these pilots as from this day.
Under the new pilots, work permits will be given to caregivers who:
The Home Child Care Provider Pilot requires that caregivers have experience in the National Occupational Classification ( NOC) 4411 (foster parents excluded) to be eligible for permanent residence in the country. The ones with experience in NOC 4412 (housekeepers excluded) are covered by the Home Support Worker Pilot.
According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), work permits and permanent residence applications under the new pilots will have 12-month and six-month processing standards respectively. Once two years work experience has been gained by eligible caregivers, the clear transition from temporary to permanent status for them and their families will be ensured under the new pilots, IRCC said.
Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, said the pilots are in line with Canada's promise to care for all caregivers and their families.
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