New Caregiver Programs Offer Permanent Residence
The Canadian government announced that they will be launching two new immigration pilot programs that aim at allowing caregivers to come into Canada with their families. After these individuals and their families come to Canada they will have the opportunity to become Canadian permanent residents. The programs are planning to be opened from March 4, 2019 to June 4, 2019.
These two new programs will allow caregivers to change jobs quickly. The current laws prevent caregiver’s family members from accompanying them to Canada. With the new programs, caregivers will be allowed to bring their family members and their spouse/common-law partner will be offered open work permits. In addition, any dependent children will also be offered study permits for them to continue their education in Canada. “Caregivers provide care to families in Canada that need it, and it’s time for Canada to care for them in return,” said Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.
“We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment.”
Those who apply for the new programs will be assessed for Canadian permanent residence criteria before they start working in Canada. Once they obtain a work permit and have two years of work experience in Canada, they will be allowed to start their permanent resident application process.
“The new Home Child Care Provider pilot and the Home Support Worker pilot will begin later this year with a maximum of 2,750 principal applicants each, for a total of 5,500 principal applicants per year. Spouses, common-law partners and dependent children will not count against these limits. For caregivers already in Canada who arrived after changes made in 2014 to the caregiver program that were not well understood, an interim Pathway for Caregivers program is also being launched. A number of caregivers began working for families in Canada only to find out later they would not qualify for permanent residence under any existing programs. This new temporary program with modified criteria will provide those caregivers who, in good faith, came to Canada and are providing care to Canadians, a new chance to stay in Canada permanently.” – The Toronto Star
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