Exciting News for Aspiring Caregivers: In a move to support caregivers seeking permanent residency in Canada, the government has announced the reopening of two significant pilot programs.
The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot are set to accept new applications beginning January 1, 2024, at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). These programs pave the way for eligible caregivers and their families to immigrate to Canada and build a permanent future here.
Two Paths to Permanent Residence
These five-year pilot programs offer eligible caregivers and their families the opportunity to immigrate to Canada with the prospect of becoming permanent citizens.
The application process is categorized into two main pathways: Direct Entry into Permanent Residence and Gaining Experience. Applicants should note that fees for these programs start at $CAN 1,085.
1. Direct Entry into Permanent Residence
If you already possess 12 months of relevant work experience, you and your family may apply for the Direct to Permanent Residence category through either the Home Support Worker Pilot or the Home Child Care Provider Pilot.
2. Gaining Experience
For those with fewer than 12 months of work experience or no previous full-time caregiver work experience in Canada, the Gaining Experience category is an option. If you have worked as a caregiver full-time in Canada for a cumulative total of 12 months or more within the previous 36 months, you are eligible to apply under the Direct to Permanence category.
Changes in Work Experience Requirements
In another significant shift, Canada has also reduced the minimum work experience requirement for domestic caregivers applying for permanent residence. Previously, caregivers needed 24 months of experience, but now only 12 months are required.
Applicants must provide the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with evidence of sufficient experience, especially if they have previously applied under the “Gaining Experience” category.
Steps to Apply for Canada PR in Caregiver Programs
- Check your eligibility: Visit the official Canada.ca website for detailed requirements.
- Master the language: Prove your English or French proficiency through approved language tests.
- Get your education assessed: Have your foreign education credentials evaluated by designated Canada-approved organizations.
- Submit your application: Prepare and submit your complete permanent residence application package.
- Biometrics and Final Steps: After applying, attend a biometrics appointment and follow any additional instructions issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for a final decision on your application.
Current Application Status
For 2023, the online application cap for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot has been reached, but the alternate format remains open. The Home Support Worker Pilot program is still accepting applications through both online and alternate formats.
Mark your calendars! On January 1, 2024, new opportunities blossom for dedicated caregivers seeking a bright future in Canada. Don’t miss out on this chance to build a fulfilling life in a vibrant, welcoming nation. Start your journey today!