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New caregiver immigration pilot programs launched


New pilot program will facilitate the coming of caregivers to Canada with their families.

Caregivers will soon have access to two new five-year care-giver immigration pilots that will replace expiring and ineffective pilot programs.

The new pilots will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family and provide a pathway to permanent residence.

Caregivers will also soon have greater flexibility to change jobs quickly, and barriers that prevent family members from accompanying caregivers to Canada will be removed, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen announced.

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

These pilot programs include:

Occupation-specific work permits for caregivers, providing the ability to change jobs quickly when necessary.

Open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children, to allow the caregiver’s family to accompany them to Canada.

In addition, the minister also launched the Interim Pathway for Caregivers, which will be open until June 4, 2019. Many caregivers began working for families in Canada, only to find out later that they were not going to qualify for permanent residence under an existing program. The interim program will have modified criteria compared to the current pilot programs and offer a pathway to permanent residence for caregivers who, in good faith, have come to Canada and are providing care to Canadians, without a clear pathway to permanent residence.

“Caregivers provide care to families in Canada that need it, and it’s time for Canada to care for them in return,” said Hussen. “We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment.”

Both the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot will launch later this year and have a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants each, for a total of 5,500 principal applicants, per year. Spouses/common-law partners and dependent children will not count against the limit.

Posted: Apr 3, 2019

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