As of 18th June 2019, the caregivers’ programs changed for the better. The new programs, the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilot, replaced the controversial Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pilot that left the caregivers at the hands of one employer, and with no chance to bring their families along.

Benefits of The New Caregiver Programs

  • The caregivers can switch between employers if necessary. However, they’re occupation-specific.
  • The caregiver’s immediate family members are offered study permits or work permits. This allows families to immigrate and reside together in Canada.
  • After meeting the required experience as a caregiver, one can switch from temporary status to permanent residence.
  • LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment) is no longer a requirement.

The Caregiver Program Requirements

For you to be eligible for either the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot, you must meet the following minimum requirements set by the IRCC:

  • You must have a caregiver job offer from Canada – you can get one through Ministry-provided job offer form.
  • Have at least CLB level 5 in either English or French in writing, speaking, listening, and reading.
  • You must have at least one-year Canadian post-secondary education or a foreign equivalent.
  • You are admissible to Canada.

How to Apply

  1. Confirm Eligibility

Check that you qualify to apply as a caregiver through one of the pilot programs, i.e., Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot. If you have immediate family members that you would love to accompany you to Canada, check whether they qualify for study or work permits.

  1. Complete and Submit Application

If you’re eligible for the Caregivers Program, complete your permanent residence application together with your work permit application. If you have any immediate family, fill out work and study permits for them. Submit all the forms to IRCC together and await approval.

  1. Provide More Information

During processing, the IRCC might request for additional documents from you and your immediate family. These include medical exams, biometrics, and police certificates.

  1. Complete Permanent Residence Application

If you’re given an occupation-specific work permit in Canada, gain the required work experience, i.e., 24 months as an occupation-specific caregiver, provide the proof to IRCC, and get the final decision on your permanent resident applications.

If you’re applying from within Canada:

  • If you’re already a caregiver, keep working with the current work permit until you attain two years of work experience. After that, apply for permanent residence.
  • If you’re in Canada and you’re not a caregiver, you can apply to become one, attain 2yrs experience, and then apply for permanent residence.

Caregiver Program Processing Time

The initial applications that were submitted after the introduction of the new caregiver programs are estimated to take up to 12 months to be processed. To learn more about processing time, click here.

Caregiver Program Checklist

  • Ensure that you’re eligible to apply under one of the caregiver programs
  • Make sure your documents are recent and valid to avoid delays (Language test documents and other documents)
  • Ensure your forms and those of accompanying family members are correctly filled and submitted before the given deadline
  • Make full payments before submitting your documents to avoid delays

Caregiver Program Cost

The table below shows the cost of applying for permanent residence through the caregiver program.

Fee Amount ($CAN)
Application Processing Fee 550
Work Permit 155
Right of Permanent Residence 490

In case you want your immediate family to join you, you’ll have to get work permits or study permits for them. Learn more about this by contacting us.

How We Can Help

At Jane Katkova & Associates, we pride ourselves on understanding the intricacies of the Canadian immigration system. Even with new programs, such as the newly introduced caregiver programs, we formulate strategies with a higher chance of success for our clients.

Contact us, and we’ll be glad to assist you through the whole caregiver application process, i.e., checking eligibility, preparing your documents, and paying your fees.