Caregiver- 2 new pilot programs, 18 June 2019

On 15 June 2019 our Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, has said “Canada is caring for Caregiver”

Starting 18 June 2019

  • Under two new pilot programs — Home Child Care Provider (NOC:4411) and Home Support Worker (NOC: 4412), Caregivers can come to Canada on occupation-specific work permits, rather than employer-specific, which means if they want they can change employers.

  • Spouse will get open work permit and children will get study permits

  • Caregivers must still have an official job offer in Canada from Canadian employer and meet the standard criteria for economic immigration programs such as English proficiency which is CLB 5 , education should be atleast 1 year post secondary education, background, health and criminal checks would be done.

  • No need of LMIA, but the employer offering job should be financially sound to meet the expense of hiring a Caregiver.

  • Canada’s caregiver program is believed to be the only one in the world that provides access to permanent status for foreign workers after two years of full-time employment as a caregiver

  • Caregivers’ work permits are expected to be processed in 12 months under new program.

  • A total of 5,500 applications would be processed in a year, plus their immediate family.

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