Foreign workers under Canada’s Caregiver Program will soon be able to access two brand new immigration pilot programs this coming November that will allow give them pre-approved Permanent Residency.
Caregiver Program will have two new pilot programs
The new programs will replace previous pilot programs: Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs. The new programs will allow foreign workers to come to Canada with their families and apply for Permanent Residency once they complete the minimum requirements of the Caregiver Program.
The new pilot programs will make it easier for foreign workers to change Canadian employers as well.
Pre-approved Permanent Residency, Open Work Permits for spouses and Study Permits for children
In order for foreign workers to be pre-approved for Permanent Residency, the new pilot programs will require that applicants meet the minimum requirements.
After completing 2 years of work experience under the Caregiver program, foreign workers and their family members will be able to apply for Permanent Residency.
Perhaps the biggest changes for the Caregiver Program are the following:
- Occupation-specific Work Permits for Caregivers
- Open Work Permits for spouses, Study Permits for dependent children
Interim Pathway for Caregivers Program
New program will provide foreign workers who are already in Canada to apply for Permanent Residency from March 4, 2019 to June 4, 2019.
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers Program is meant for foreign workers who have had difficulty or complications in the past when applying for Permanent Residency.
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers program will have modified criteria, different from the current programs.
The Government of Canada remains committed in reuniting families and minimizing wait times across all of its different immigration programs.
The Government of Canada has eliminated 94% of the application backlog, reducing the processing time from 60 months to 12 months.
In a statement released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada IRCC Minister Ahmed Hussen said that: “Caregivers provide care to families in Canada that need it, and it’s time for Canada to care for them in return. We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment.”
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