Canada foreign caregivers pilot programs offer path to permanent residence
November 16, 2020
The government of Canada launched two 5-year pilot programs in June 2019, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot (together Foreign Caregivers Pilot Programs), that let qualified caregivers and their family members come to Canada with the goal of becoming permanent residents. The pilots were scheduled to have a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants each, for a total of 5,500 principal applicants, per year. Caregivers spouses and common-law partners and dependent children do not count against the limit.
The Home Child Care Provider Pilot has received the full 2,750 applications open under the pilot for 2020, but applications will reopen on January 1, 2021. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says that it will return any other applications received and refund the fees. See Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot.
Applications are still being accepted for the Home Support Worker Pilot. IRCC says that there is still plenty of room for new applicants for this program and will provide update on its website if and when the pilot closes to new applications for 2020.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
The coronavirus pandemic affected Canada foreign caregivers pilot programs just like all other immigration programs. IRCC says that for now, you don’t need to contact them about an application you submitted in 2020 under either pilot. IRCC is still in the process of opening applications now that its offices are open again.
If IRCC accepts your Canada caregivers application into processing for 2020, IRCC will send you a notification letter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may take longer than usual for you to get the letter.
Canada foreign caregivers pilot – Qualifying work experience
If you’ve been offered a job in Canada as a caregiver or have experience working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be able to apply for permanent residence through one of these pilots.
The application process will be different depending on your situation and how much qualifying work experience you have.
You have 24 or more months of qualifying work experience
If in the last 36 months, you’ve worked full-time as a caregiver in Canada for a total of 24 months or more, you and your family members may be eligible to apply for permanent residence through either of the Canada foreign caregivers pilots – the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot. When you apply, you need to include documents to prove you have enough qualifying work experience.
You may be eligible to apply for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot, if you:
The minimum language skill is CLB 5 in English or NLCL 5 in French for all 4 language skills:
You must have a completed post-secondary education credential of at least 1 year in Canada. If you don’t have a Canadian education credential, you need to get your foreign education credential assessed to show that it’s equal to a completed Canadian post-secondary education credential of at least 1 year.
If you have no or less than 24 months of qualifying work experience
If you don’t have any qualifying work experience, or if you have some qualifying work experience, but less than 24 months, you can apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot as long as you meet the other eligibility requirements.
How the process works:
You apply to either the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot, depending on which occupation you plan to work in.
You submit a work permit application together with your permanent residence application.
If you meet the requirements, you get a work permit to work in Canada temporarily.
The work permit you get is an occupation-restricted open work permit and lets you work as a caregiver for any employer.
Get at least 24 months of work experience to qualify for permanent residence.
You send IRCC proof of your work experience once you have enough.
IRCC makes a final decision on your application for permanent residence.
If you’re already working in Canada
If you’re already working in Canada as a home child care provider or home support worker, you can:
apply to one of these pilots to complete your work experience, or
keep working on your current work permit until you have 24 months of work experience.
When you finish, you must print a receipt of your payment and include it with your application.
You and your family members may need to give your fingerprints and photograph (biometric information) at a biometric collection service point.
In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.
After you pay the biometrics fee with a complete application, we’ll send you a letter to tell you if you need to give your biometrics and where you can go. You must show this letter when you give your biometrics.
You must give your biometrics in person. You should book an appointment.