Are you a Caregiver in Canada and you haven’t submitted your application for Permanent Residency yet?
According to reports, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is currently reviewing its Caregiver Program. Speaking on condition of anonymity, our sources within the government agency said that IRCC is considering whether to make changes to the programs, extend them as is or do away with them completely.
If IRCC chooses to eliminate the Caregiver Program, OFWs will have until November 29, 2019 to submit their applications for Permanent Residency.
If OFWs fail to meet the minimum requirements of the Caregiver Program (including the mandatory two years of employment) by that date, they will no longer be able to apply for Permanent Residency.
The current Caregiver Program (which was launched on November 29, 2014) replaced the old Live In Caregiver Program.
The Caregiver Program has two streams: the Caring for Children stream and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs stream, both are currently 5 year pilot programs.
The Caregiver Program continues to be very popular with OFWs because it allows them to reunite their families after years of separation as part of their application for Permanent Residency.
OFWs who apply for Permanent Residency under the Caregiver Program also do not need to meet other requirements such as language and proof of funds.
The Toronto Star‘s Nicholas Keung quoted IRRC spokesperson Faith St. John as saying that “caregivers who have not accrued the required two years of employment by Nov. 29, 2019 need not apply.”
The Government of Canada is currently addressing the backlog of applications under the Caregiver Program, which is reported to be over 30,000 in 2017. The number of approved PR applications has drop sharply in recent years, down from the more than 8,000 annually.
While it is unclear if these reports would include those who came to Canada under the old Live-In Caregiver Program, you should call CIC right away at 1-888-242-2100 if you have questions about your application (or if you’re thinking that you might not make the two year requirement on time).
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