Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new pathway for foreign caregivers who came to Canada after November 30, 2014, and could not qualify for Canadian permanent residence. The new Interim Pathway will come into effect from March 4, 2019, and will remain open for 3 months until June 4, 2019.
The government of Canada announced the temporary Interim pathway on February 23 along with two enhanced five-year pilot programs that will enable spouses and dependent children of caregivers to live and work in Canada and offer them a direct pathway towards Canadian permanent residence after two years.
Interim Pathway for Caregivers
The three-month Interim Pathway is a dedicated pathway to permanent residence for qualifying in-home caregivers. Individuals who have obtained work experience in Canada since November 30, 2014 as a home support worker, home childcare provider or a combination of both through Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program are eligible to apply under this pathway.
However, the work experience must match with the job duties of Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) Group 4411 or 4412.
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers is designed for applicants aim to reside outside the province of Quebec and who:
- are authorized to work in Canada on a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) (at the time of applying); or
- have applied for a renewal of a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit; or
- have applied and are eligible for restoration of status, and held a work permit other than for a Live-in Caregiver Program as their most recent work permit; and
- possess language skills of at least a CLB/NCLC 5 in English or French; and
- have at least 12 months of full-time Canadian work experience in a relevant occupation since November 30, 2014; and
- have completed a one –year Canadian high school diploma or equivalent foreign credential proven with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)l;
There is no cap on the number of applications that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will accept and process under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers.
Fees: From $1,040
Processing time: 12 months
New Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots
IRCC also announced that it will replace its Caring for Children or Caring for People program with High Medical Needs pilot programs with two new five-year immigration pilots – The Home Child Care Provider & Home Support Worker pilots that will offer caregivers and their family members a new pathway towards Canadian Permanent Residence . These two pilots will come into effect later this year.
Caregivers approved through the pilots would then have to acquire two years of work experience with an occupation-specific work permit for caregivers before accessing this “direct pathway” to permanent residence.
Under new pilot programs, a caregiver’s spouse or common-law partner would be entitled to an open work permit while the dependent children would be granted a study permit in Canada.
IRCC said that it will accept a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants each year under the Home Support Worker pilots and Home Child Care Provider. The eligibility criteria as well as the application process for these new pilots will be announced quite before the expiration of the two current caregiver pilots in November, 2019.