If you’re a caregiver and interested in immigrating to Canada, Dastur Immigration Services can help you. There are currently two immigration programs that are specifically designed for caregivers – The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots. The pilot programs were launched in 2019 after the closure of the Interim Pathway for Caregivers.
Our immigration specialists will closely work with you to help you understand the standard criteria and how to apply for permanent residence through the new caregiver pilot programs.
To apply for the new caregiver pilots, candidates must have a valid job offer in Canada, have at least one year of post-secondary education, and meet Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5.
If you meet these requirements, you will be issued a work permit to begin your work career as a caregiver in Canada. Once you complete two years of work in either NOC 4411 (excluding foster parents) or NOC 4412 (excluding housekeepers), you can apply for Canadian permanent residence. If you’re already working in Canada on a work permit, you can also apply for permanent residence.
Want to learn about your options to immigrate to Canada? Complete our self-assessment online or contact us directly to know your eligibility and application process.
The new pilots are different from previous programs as eligible candidates will now be issued occupation-specific work permits rather than an employer-specific work permit. Candidates have the freedom to bring their family members on open work permits or study permits. You can even change employers when required.
You can only apply to extend your work permit under the Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker Pilots if you meet these two criteria:
You can only extend the work permit for a total of 36 months from the date it was issued.
Under the Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker Pilots, there are three medical exams you need to take and pass. The first exam will be taken before you come to Canada. The second exam is taken after you complete two years in Canada. The second exam is to check if you’re still admissible to Canada. Caregivers’ family members are also required to take and pass a medical exam even if they’re not coming with them.
Initial applications to the new Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker Pilots will have a 12-month processing service standard. For finalizing an application after the caregiver submits work experience proof, a six-month processing standard will apply.