The Canadian Government has announced the relaunch of the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot programs, opening fresh application opportunities starting January 1, 2024. These initiatives aim to support caregivers seeking permanent residency in Canada.
The two pivotal pilot programs, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot, provide eligible caregivers and their families with pathways to immigrate to Canada, with the potential for permanent citizenship.
Dual Routes to Permanent Residency:
The five-year pilot programs offer two primary pathways for caregivers and their families:
1. Direct Entry into Permanent Residence:
– Eligible candidates with 12 months of relevant work experience can apply for Direct Entry to Permanent Residence through either the Home Support Worker Pilot or the Home Child Care Provider Pilot.
– Program fees for both routes start at $CAN 1,085.
2. Gaining Experience:
– Individuals with less than 12 months of work experience or no prior full-time caregiver work experience in Canada can opt for the Gaining Experience category.
– If an applicant has worked as a caregiver full-time in Canada for a cumulative total of 12 months or more within the previous 36 months, they qualify to apply under the Direct to Permanence category.
Changes in Work Experience Requirements:
Canada has made a significant change by reducing the minimum work experience requirement for domestic caregivers applying for permanent residence from 24 months to 12 months.
Steps to Apply for Canada PR in Caregiver Programs:
1. Check Your Eligibility:
– Visit the official Canada.ca website for detailed requirements.
2. Master the Language:
– Demonstrate proficiency in English or French through approved language tests.
3. Get Your Education Assessed:
– Have foreign education credentials evaluated by designated Canada-approved organizations.
4. Submit Your Application:
– Prepare and submit a complete permanent residence application package.
5. Biometrics and Final Steps:
– Attend a biometrics appointment and follow 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 capacity for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot has been reached, but alternate formats remain open.
– The Home Support Worker Pilot program is still accepting applications through both online and alternate formats.
As Canada introduces these changes, caregivers aspiring for permanent residency are encouraged to explore the updated pathways and adhere to the revised requirements outlined by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).