In order to continue providing permanent residency for caregivers, Canada introduced 2 new caregiver immigration pilot programs: the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot on June 18, 2019.
These pilots were launched as a replacement for the previous Caring for Children program and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs program.
What are the Differences in the New Caregiver Pilot Programs?
The new caregiver programs have some key differences from the previous program. Caregivers are now allowed to change employers as they wish.
The previous programs were heavily criticized for not allowing caregivers to change employers which lead to foreign workers being unable to escape if their work environment became toxic or abusive.
Caregivers will also be authorized to add accompanying family members to their applications under the new pilot program.
What is the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot?
The Home Child-Care Provider Pilot is designed to be an immigration pathway for foreign workers in an occupation listed as National Occupational Classification (NOC) code 4411.
This program is for foreign workers with the following occupation titles:
- Au pair
- Childcare live-in-caregiver
- Childcare provider- private home
- Parent’s helper
- Foster parent
- Babysitter- fitness center
- Babysitter- shopping center
What is the Eligibility Criteria for the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot?
You will be required to meet the following eligibility requirements to qualify for this pilot program:
- Have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada to apply for a work permit
- Work in Canada for at least 2 years to apply for permanent residency
- Demonstrate language proficiency with a level 5 on the Canadian Language Benchmark for English
- Have at least 1 year of post-secondary education or a foreign equivalent attested with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report
What is the Process to Apply for Permanent Residency Through the Home Child-Care Pilot?
To apply for permanent residency, you will be required to have at least 2 years of work experience as a caregiver in Canada.
You will be required to apply for a work permit with your permanent residency application.
Once your work permit is approved, you will be able to work for any employer for at least 24 months as a caregiver. If you meet this requirement, you can apply for permanent residency.
Under the pilot program, you will be allowed to add your accompanying family members to your application. Your family members can apply for a study or work permit along with your application.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot
This is not a mandatory requirement, but, it is highly recommended that the applicant be trained regardless. This reflects highly on your application as a professional caregiver.
The Canadian government introduced the Home Support Worker Pilot program along with this pilot. The Home Support Worker Pilot is for foreign workers in occupations listed as NOC 4412. There are a few related child care options, however, that is not the primary role of those occupations.
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