Launch of 2 new 5-year Caregiver Canadian Immigration Pilot Programs

Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced 2 new immigration pilot programs that will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family and provide a pathway to permanent residence in Canada after 2 years.

Under the new program, applicants will be assessed for permanent residence criteria before they begin work in Canada.  Once the caregiver has their work permit and 2 years of work experience in Canada, they will have access to a direct pathway to become a permanent resident.

In addition, an interim program will be launched to allow foreign caregivers who came to Canada after November 30, 2014 to qualify for permanent residency in Canada.  The new pilot will begin on March 4, 2019 and will remain open until June 4, 2019.

In order to be eligible for permanent residency under the new program, the following qualifications must be met:

  1. Work experience must match the initial description and list of main duties for Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) Group 4411 or 4412.
  2. Intend to reside outside of Quebec
  3. Are authorized to work in Canada on a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) work permit (at the time of applying);
  4. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
  5. Have acquired at least one year of full-time Canadian work experience in an eligible caregiver occupation, since November 30, 2014;
    • Eligible caregiver occupation includes: Home child care provider — National Occupational Classification (NOC) Group 4411; and/or Home support worker — NOC Group 4412
  6. Have a Canadian high school diploma, or equivalent foreign credential proven with an ECA; and
  7. Have a minimum proficiency in English or French equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for all four language abilities (reading, writing, speaking and listening).

Candidates whose educational credential was obtained outside Canada and who cannot obtain an ECA before the Interim Pathway for Caregivers closes on June 4, 2019, are still eligible if they provide proof that they have applied to get an ECA. This proof includes written confirmation from an IRCC-approved agency that they have submitted a request for an ECA and/or receipt of payment.

There is no maximum number of applications that IRCC will accept through the Interim Pathway for Caregivers.


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