Canada comes up with providing eligible caregivers with two pathways to the immigrants filed under the categories – Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot. The Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots have been replaced by The Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot.
All applications registered under the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots before June 18 will still be processed, but no new applications have been accepted after the date. The new Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots open two pathways to the caregivers in Canada as listed below:
- Permanent residence; to the ones with two years of Canadian work experience.
- Work permit; who have a job offer in Canada and meet the following criteria:
- Canadian Language Benchmark 5 language level
- One-year Canadian post-secondary education or its foreign equivalent
The eligibility of caregivers for acquiring a permanent residence based on their National Occupation Classification has been defined as follows:
- Caregivers under the NOC – 4411 (excluding foster parents) are eligible through Home Child Care Provider Pilot.
- Caregivers under the NOC – 4412 (excluding housekeepers) are eligible through Home Support Worker Pilot.
The processing standard for work permit applications is 12 – months, while for applications for permanent residence is 6 – months; says IRCC. These new pilots also provide the caregivers with scopes of applying for work or study permits for their spouse and children for permanent residency. On the basis of the eligibility, the Canadian government will finalize the respective applications after two years of work experience by the caregiver.