As a Filipino caregiver in Canada, you can apply for two different pilots under the new Caregiver Program.
Under the new pilot programs, you can apply to work temporarily (that is, work in Canada for a limited period of time, then go back home to the Philippines), or you can become a Permanent Resident.
PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR CAREGIVERS
Effective June 18 2109, Filipino caregivers can apply for Permanent Residence under either the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot.
Whichever pilot program you submit an application for, you will still need to:
- meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the Caregiver Program
- a Canadian employer and a job offer to work in either pilot program
CAREGIVER PROGRAM WORK PERMIT
If you successfully apply for either program, you will be issued an Open Work Permit.
Your Open Work Permit is occupation restricted. That means you will have to work as a Caregiver. You can change employers, but you cannot apply for any other job.
Your Canadian employer doesn’t need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) anymore.
Under the new pilot programs, your work experience will count towards your eligibility for Permanent Residency.
CAREGIVER PROGRAM INTERIM PATHWAY FOR CAREGIVERS
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers will open again for three months effective July 8, 2019.
LIVE-IN CAREGIVER PROGRAM
The Live-In Caregiver Program is no longer accepting new applicants.
If you originally came to Canada under the Live-In Caregiver Program, you can still apply for Permanent Residency if:
- you are already working in Canada with a Work Permit that indicates “Live-In Caregiver”, or,
- you were approved for a Work Permit under the Live-In Caregiver Program based on an LMIA submitted to ESDC on or before November 30, 2014.
Live-In Caregivers who do not qualify under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers or the Live-In Caregiver Program might be able to apply for Permanent Residency under a different program.
Contact Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada for more details.
TEMPORARY WORK FOR CAREGIVERS
If you don’t quite meet the requirements for Permanent Residency, you might be able to apply for an extension of your current Work Permit through the wider Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
Your Canadian employer will need to apply for an LMIA from ESDC before you can apply for an extension.
Effective June 18, 2019, IRCC will not process new Work Permit applications for Caregivers if you are applying from outside Canada, or if you are applying under the TWFP, or you’re working outside of the province of Quebec, or if your Canadian employer applied for an LMIA on or after June 18, 2019.
Generally, you can apply for a Caregiver Work Permit under the TFWP if you are already in Canada and are eligible to apply for a Work Permit from inside Canada, or if you’re outside Canada and your Canadian employer has already applied for an LMIA before June 18, 2019 or if you will be working as a Caregiver in the province of Quebec.
CAREGIVER PROGRAM CLOSED PILOT PROGRAMS
The Caring for Children Program and the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Programs are now closed.
The Caring for Children pilot program ended on June 18, 2019.
If you submitted an application for Permanent Residency under the Caring for Children pilot program before June 18, 2019, IRCC will continue to process your application.
If not, you might be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency under the Home Child Care Provider pilot program.
The Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot program ended on June 18, 2019.
If you submitted an application for Permanent Residency under the Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot program before June 18, 2019, IRCC will continue to process your application.
If not, you might be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency under the Home Support Worker pilot program.
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