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The New Caregiver Immigration Pilot Programs

As of June 18, 2019 Canada is now accepting applications to its two new caregiver immigration pilot programs named the Home Child Care Provider (NOC 4411 caring for children) and Home Support Worker (NOC 4412 caring for someone who needs help from a home support worker) pilot. Both pilots provide eligible caregivers with a pathway to permanent residence once they acquired two years of work experience. As pilot programs, they do have an expiry date which has been set at five years or June 2024, meaning, applications for permanent residence must be submitted prior to that date in order to be accepted for further processing.

The aforementioned pilots make accessible work permits to caregivers without an LMIA as long as they have a written job offer from a Canadian employer outside the province of Quebec. The following criteria must be met:

- language test results showing Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in English or French (CELPIP-G: Listening 5, Speaking 5, Reading 5, Writing 5; or EILTS-G: Listening 5.0, Reading 4.0, Writing 5.0, Speaking 5.0)

- one year of Canadian post-secondary education or an educational credential assessment (ECA) report of foreign education equivalent (WES etc...)

- be admissible to Canada (security, criminally, medically...)

Caregivers already working in Canada on an Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) employer-specific work permit and who meet these criteria, can also apply for permanent residence through the new pilots. The standard for permanent residence application processing for those who have 24 months of work experience in Canada is 6 months. Key advantages of these pilots for all eligible applicants are as follows:

- Occupation-specific work permits instead of employer-specific work permits (on LMIA). This change will allow caregivers to change employers (if they apply for their work permit using the pilot);

- Caregiver’s immediate family will also be entitled to open work permits and/or study permits;

- Employers will no longer need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring a caregiver from overseas