The Canadian Government has announced that it will soon replace the caring for children/people with high Medical Needs Pilot Programs with two new five-year immigration pilots that will provide caregivers and their family members with a new pathway to immigration to Canada.
The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot Programs will come into effect in late 2019.
To avoid the confusion that the Interim Pathway for Caregivers addresses, the applicants under the new pilot category will be processed against the criteria for Canadian Permanent Residence before they begin working in Canada. The applicants coming through the pilot program will require gaining at least two years of work experience in Canada before accessing IRCC's ‘direct pathway' to permanent residence.
This work experience would be acquired with an occupation-specific work permit for caregivers rather than an employer-specific work permit. This means that caregivers can switch employers if they wish.
The new pilot project will allow family members to accompany caregivers to Canada. A spouse/partner of caregiver will be entitled to an open work permit and dependent children would be granted a study permit in Canada.
“Caregivers provide care for families in Canada that need it and it’s time for Canada to care for them in return,” Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, said in a news release. “We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment.”
A total of 2,750 invitations are given under the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots for immigration to canada. The numbers of invitations are exclusive of spouses and dependent children for each pilot.
The eligibility requirements of the new pilot will be announced after the expiration of the two current caregiver pilots on November 29, 2019
The new pilot is implemented with a promise by IRCC in 2017 to eliminate 80 percent of the backlog of permanent residence applications submitted under 2014 pilots. It has now eliminated 94 percent of the backlog and reduced the processing time to 12 months.
As Canada’s population ages, foreign caregivers are becoming more and more essential in this country and it’s great to see IRCC acknowledging them.
Therefore, Caregivers in the near future has great chances of achieving permanent residency. For further information in this regard, it is suggested to connect with visa and immigration experts of Aptech Global by filling the Canada Assessment form.