From June 18th, 2019, Canada has started to accept applications in two new immigration programs. These permit the caregivers to apply and seek permanent residence in Canada.
Answering the needs today
The new pilots serve as a replacement to the existing programs and also help overseas citizens to work in Canada in the capacity of caregivers and become permanent residents.
The new Home Child Care Provider pilot serves as a replacement to the Caring for Children path, and also provides a path for seeking the permanent residence for such candidates who have the experience in work as home child-care providers in NOC 4411.
The new Home Support Worker Pilot serves as a replacement to the Caring for People with High Medical Needs path, for such candidates who have the experience in work as home child-care providers in NOC 4412. Applications to gain an entry in its previous programs submitted prior to18th June, 2019 will be processed, but authorities will not accept new applications.
The Eligibility criteria to apply in both the pilots, is that the candidates need to have the valid Canadian job offer and also fulfill the CLB level 5, besides having one year studies in a post-secondary course.
Candidates meeting these requirements get the work permit to start working as caregivers in Canada. After the completion of two years of work in NOC 4411/4412, they can apply for permanent residence in Canada. Such Candidates who already hold a work permit in Canada and also meet the criteria can apply.
Changes from earlier programs
Dissimilar to the earlier caregiver programs, the work permit issued by using these new pilots are specific to an occupation, and not employer-specific.
Furthermore, these caregivers are eligible to bring the close family members to the country to accompany them on open work/study permits. To conclude, in the previous programs, families in the country wanting to hire overseas nationals as caregivers had to seek the Labor Market Impact Assessment. This clause is removed in these new pilots.