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Canada foreign caregivers pilot programs offer path to permanent residence

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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.

Intake status of Canada foreign caregivers pilot

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.

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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.

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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.

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The application process will be different depending on your situation and how much qualifying work experience you have.

Qualifying work experience means you’ve worked full-time in Canada in 1 of these National Occupational Classification (NOC) jobs:

  • home child care provider – NOC 4411
    • experience as a foster parent doesn’t count
    or
  • home support worker – NOC 4412
    • experience as a housekeeper doesn’t count

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.

Eligibility

You may be eligible to apply for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot, if you:

Work experience

You must have at least 24 months of full-time work experience in Canada in the 36 months before you apply.

Depending on which pilot you apply for, your work experience must be in 1 of these National Occupational Classification (NOC) jobs:

Home child care provider (NOC 4411)

  • You must care for children under the age of 18 in your own home or in your employer’s home
  • You don’t need to live in your employer’s home to qualify
  • Experience as a foster parent doesn’t count

Home support worker (NOC 4412)

  • You must have cared for someone who needs help from a home support worker either in your own home or in your employer’s home
  • You don’t need to have lived in your employer’s home to qualify
  • Only home support workers are eligible under NOC 4412
  • Experience as a housekeeper doesn’t count

For this work experience:

  • your qualifying work experience must be in 1 of these jobs. It cannot be a mix of both jobs
  • you must show that your job matched the NOC job description and you must have done most of the main duties
  • your 24 months of work experience must be gained in a 36 month period
  • you don’t have to have worked 24 months in a row, just 24 months total
  • full-time means at least 30 hours of paid work each week
  • any work experience you had while you were a full-time student doesn’t count

Language levels

You need to take a language test to prove you meet the minimum language skills.

To measure your English or French skills, we use:

The minimum language skill is CLB 5 in English or NLCL 5 in French for all 4 language skills:

  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • speaking

Education

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:

  1. 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.
  2. You submit a work permit application together with your permanent residence application.
  3. If you meet the requirements, you get a work permit to work in Canada temporarily.
  4. The work permit you get is an occupation-restricted open work permit and lets you work as a caregiver for any employer.
  5. Get at least 24 months of work experience to qualify for permanent residence.
  6. You send IRCC proof of your work experience once you have enough.
  7. 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.

If you choose to keep working on your current work permit, when you have enough work experience come back and follow the instructions above for caregivers who have 24 months of qualifying work experience.

If your current work permit is expiring, find out how to extend it.

Family members

Your family members are also eligible to come with you to Canada. If they want to work or study while in Canada, you can include their work or study permit applications with your application.

How to apply for Canada caregivers pilot programs

Step 1: Complete your application

  1. Use the IRCC instruction guide to get the forms you need and to help you fill out the forms correctly
  2. Fill out the forms on a computer
  3. Some forms have a ‘Validate’ button that helps you check if you completed all the fields in the form. When you’re done filling out these forms, click ‘Validate’
    • If there are any fields you still need to fill out, they’ll be outlined in red
  4. After you successfully validate the forms, you’ll get a barcode page
  5. Print out all the forms, including the barcode pages
  6. Sign and date all forms
  7. Use the Document Checklist – Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker [IMM 5981] (PDF, 3.39 MB) to make sure you have everything

Answer all questions carefully, completely and truthfully. There are serious consequences if you misrepresent yourself or leave out relevant information on your application.

Step 2: Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees include:

You have to pay IRCC your fees online.

When you finish, you must print a receipt of your payment and include it with your application.

Biometrics

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.

Find out if you need to give biometrics.

Third-party fees

You have to pay third parties if you need a:

The instruction guide can help you understand which fees apply to you and how to pay them.

Step 3: Submit your application

Make sure you:

  • answer all questions
  • sign your application and all forms
  • include your fee payment receipt, and
  • include all the supporting documents

Before you submit your application, use the Document Checklist – Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker [IMM 5981] (PDF, 3.39 MB) to make sure you don’t forget anything. If you forget something, your application will be sent back to you.

Mail your complete application to the appropriate address at the Case Processing Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Do NOT send your Canada caregivers pilot application to any other processing center or migration office.

See also Canada Immigration Announces New Foreign Caregiver Program


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