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New Caregiver Immigration Pilot Program Of Canada Launches 18 June 2019

New Caregiver Immigration Pilot Program Of Canada Launches 18 June 2019

Posted On: Sat, Jun 22 2019

The Canadian Immigration department will accept applications to its new caregiver immigration pilots on June 18. The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot will replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with high medical needs pilots and will provide eligible caregivers with a pathway to permanent residence once they’ve acquired two years of Canadian work experience.

Applications filed to the Caring for Children and Caring for People with high medical needs pilots before June 18 will still be processed, but applications will no longer be accepted from today onwards.

The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots will only provide work permits to whom already having a job offer in Canada and who meet the following criteria:

  • Language test results showing a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5;
  • At least one year of Canadian post-secondary education or the foreign equivalent; and
  • Must be legally admissible to Canada

Caregivers already living and working in Canada who meets these criteria can also apply for permanent residence through new pilots.

The following NOC codes are under different Caregivers pilot project:

  • Caregivers with work experience in National Occupation Classification (NOC) 4411 excluding foster parents will be eligible for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot
  • Caregivers with work experience in National Occupation Classification (NOC) 4412 excluding housekeepers will be eligible for permanent residence through the Home Support Worker Pilot

The processing time of the new pilot will have a 12-month processing standard for work permit applications and a six-month processing time for applications who meet the work experience requirement

Important updates to new pilots:

The below mentioned are major changes for the new caregiver High Medical Needs Pilot Program:

  • Occupation-specific work permits instead of employer-specific work permits allowing caregivers to change employers;
  • Caregiver’s immediate family will also be entitled to open work permits and/or study permits
  • There will be no requirements for LMIA approved offer letters before hiring caregiver from overseas

The new Pilots maximum application target is fixed at a maximum of 2,750 numbers per year, for a total of 5,500 principal applicants plus their immediate family.

The caregiver pathway extended!

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The IRCC announced that it will reopen its Interim Pathway for caregivers to new applications on July 8, 2019. This pathway will remain open for three months.

The applicants who have acquired work experience in Canada since November 30, 2014, as a home childcare provider, home support worker or a combination of both through Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

The NOC group 4411 or 4412 caregivers will reopen to those who intend to reside outside Quebec and have:

  • Authorization to work in Canada on a work permit or
  • applying for a renewal of a work-permit other than a live-in caregiver program work permit or
  • applied and is eligible for restoration of status and
  • language skills of at least a CLB/NCLC 5 in English or French
  • 12 months of full-time work experience in Canada in a relevant occupation and
  • minimum of a Canadian high school diploma or non-Canadian educational diploma, certificate or credentials

For further information related to Canada Permanent Resident Program and other eligibility requirements, it is suggested to connect with visa and immigration experts of Aptech Global. Fill the Canada Immigration Assessment Form and one of the experts will soon contact you soon to discuss Canada PR query.


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