New Pathway for Canadians to Permanent Residence for Caregivers

International caregivers who landed in Canada after November 30, 2014, but weren’t able to meet the criteria for permanent residency, are offered with another chance to settle in the country through a new interim pathway that comes into effect from 4th March 2019 and will continue till June 4, 2019.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced about this short-term pathway, along with the upcoming launch of two improved five-year pilot programs under which spouses and dependent children can join caregivers residing and working in Canada and also provides, the direct gateway to be a permanent resident after two years.

Temporary pathway for Caregivers

The three-month short-duration pathway is applicable only for Caregivers, who have Canadian work experience as a home childcare provider, home support worker or a permutation of both through Canadian’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program since 30th November 2014.

Your work experience should match the initial explanation and list of main duties for Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) Group 4411 or 4412.

This interim pathway for Caregivers is valid for the ones who have the intention of living outside of Quebec and who have:

  1. authorization to work in Canada on a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) work permit (at the time of applying); or
  2. applied for a renewal of a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit; or
  3. applied and is eligible for restoration of status, and held a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit as their most recent work permit; and
  4. language skills of at least a CLB/NCLC 5 in English or French; and
  5. 12 months of full-time work experience in Canada since November 30, 2014, in a relevant occupation; and
  6. a minimum of a Canadian high school diploma or non-Canadian educational diploma, certificate or credential that’s equal to a Canadian high school diploma.
  7. Foreign credentials will require an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) — issued within five years before the date of application by an approved organization — that indicates that the foreign diploma, certificate or credential is equivalent to a completed Canadian secondary school diploma.

The candidates whose education is from outside Canada and who are unable to get an ECA prior to the Interim pathway for Caregivers closes on June 4, 2019, still holds the position of being eligible if they manage to show evidence that they have applied to get an ECA. The evidence includes written confirmation from the agency that the applicant has requested for an ECA or for receipt of payment. The limit of intake of applications is not mentioned by IRCC that how many applications will be accepted under this pathway. The caregivers whose present or latest work permit is under the Live-in Caregiver Program are not eligible to apply through the Interim pathway.

This interim pathway is an outcome for the concern raised by some caregivers who entered in Canada as in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers under the Caring for Children or Caring for people with High Medical needs pilot programs, which replaced Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program in November 2014.

IRCC said, ‘the Interim program offers a pathway to permanent residence for caregivers who are providing care for Canadians without any proper pathway for permanent residence”.

Contrasting the Live-in Caregiver Program, candidates in the new pilots were no longer assessed for their capability meet permanent residence requirements for education and proficiency in English or French when applying for a work permit.

IRCC responded that the changes made by the Government didn’t get properly by candidates and subsequently, made them believe that they would be eligible to apply for PR  after getting a short-term work permit as well as attaining two-years Canadian work experience. Along with that, the majority of the Caregivers said that they get to know that they don’t meet the permanent residence requirements, including education, after arriving in Canada.

New Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots

Canadian Government stated that soon it will swap the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pilot programs with two new five-year immigration pilots. Under which caregivers and their family members will be getting a new pathway for Canadian permanent residence. The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots will come into the picture afterward this year.

The new pilot is a reply to the concerns raised in a report subjected by a national coalition of caregivers advocacy groups late last year that express disapproval of the 2014 pilots as “fundamentally flawed” and point the finger at them of extending “the legal basis for exploiting care workers.”

To clear the mystification that the Interim pathway for Caregiver addresses, candidates to the new pilots will be evaluated against the criteria for Canadian permanent residence prior they start working in Canada. Caregivers who are approved through the pilots would have to attain two- years of work experience in Canada prior to a way which is being considered as the direct pathway to permanent residence by IRCC. The work experience of caregivers should be obtained with an occupation-specific work permit. The new pilots permit family members to accompany caregivers to Canada. A caregiver’s spouse or common-law partner would be unlocking to an open work permit and dependent children would be offered with a study permit in Canada.

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, said in a news release, “the government is providing them with the benefits of allowing their family members to live with them and grant permanent residency. A total of 2,750 principal applicants will be accepted by IRCC every year under the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots. It will not include spouse and dependent children under the principal applicant limit for each pilot.

IRCC has said that the eligibility criteria and application process for the new pilots will soon be announced before the expiration of the two current caregiver pilots on November 29, 2019. As Canada’s populace is getting old, foreign caregivers are making its importance in the country and it is the fruitful step that IRCC is acknowledging this fact and offering benefits like family reunification to them.

For availing more information about Canada Immigration and other permanent residency programs, feel free to call on official helpline number +91-7042184185 or write down your queries at info@makevisas.com.