New caregiver pilot programs
New caregiver pilot programs

As an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), you have choices on how you can come to Canada to work temporarily (then go back home to the Philippines) or to work towards becoming a permanent resident under the new Caregiver Pilot Programs.



NEW CAREGIVER PROGRAM PILOTS

Since June 18, 2019, OFWs can apply for permanent residence under two Caregiver pilot programs:

Home Child Care Provider Pilot

or

Home Support Worker Pilot

In order to apply for either pilot programs, OFWs must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and have a job offer from a Canadian Employer in order to work as a Caregiver.

If you are successful in applying for either pilot programs, you will receive an Open Work Permit which will allow you to come to Canada to work temporarily.

Remember, this Open Work Permit restricts you to work only as a Caregiver. You are not allowed to work part-time or full-time in any other job while you have this Open Work Permit.

Because you have an Open Work Permit under the Caregiver Program’s two pilot programs, your Canadian Employer does not need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

As long as you have a valid Work Permit, working as a Caregiver under either pilot programs will help you in meeting the minimum requirements to apply for permanent residence under the Caregiver Program.

On a case-to-case basis, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada may consider experience as a home child care provider or support worker towards your application for permanent residence under the Caregiver Program. Contact IRCC for more details.



INTERIM PATHWAY FOR CAREGIVERS

IRCC will be accepting applications for permanent residency under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers.

Applications will only be accepted until October 8, 2019.
OFWs who have at least 1 year of work experience as a home child provider or a home support worker, and meet the minimum language and education requirements can apply.



LIVE-IN CAREGIVER PROGRAM (CLOSED)

The Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) is permanently closed to new applicants.

However, OFWs who are already in Canada with an existing Work Permit under the LCP can still apply for permanent residence as long as you have at least 2 years of working as a Caregiver in Canadas, and your first Work Permit was based on an LMIA or Labour Market Opinion (LMO) was issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) on or before November 30, 2014.

Contact IRCC to explore other programs to apply for permanent residency if you are unable to apply under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers and the Live-In Caregiver Program.



TEMPORARY WORK FOR CAREGIVERS

OFWs who do not meet the requirements to apply for permanent residence as a Caregiver might still be able to work temporarily.

Extend your Work Permit

If you are currently working as a Caregiver in Canada, you might be able to apply for an extension on your Work Permit under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

Your Canadian Employer will need to provide you a copy of a positive LMIA before you can apply to extend your Work Permit with IRCC.

Apply for a new Work Permit

New Work Permits will no longer be issued to OFWs applying as in-home Caregivers from outside Canada.

You cannot apply for a new Work Permit as an in-home Caregiver if you are applying under the TFWP.

You cannot apply for a new Work Permit as an in-home Caregiver if you are going to be working outside the province of Quebec.

You cannot apply for a new Work Permit as an in-home Caregiver if your Canadian Employer applied for an LMIA on or after June 18, 2019.

You can still apply for a new Work Permit as an in-home Caregiver if you are already in Canada and meet the minimum requirements for applying for a Work Permit inside Canada.

You can also apply for a new Work Permit as an in-home Caregiver if you are outside Canada and your Canadian Employer applied for an LMIA before June 18, 2019.

You can also apply for a new Work Permit as an in-home Caregiver if you will be working in the province of Quebec.

Don’t forget, your Canadian Employer needs to give you a copy of the positive LMIA before you can apply for a new Work Permit.



CAREGIVER PROGRAMS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Caring for Children Program (CLOSED)

The Caring for Children pilot program is now closed. New applications were only accepted until June 18, 2019.

If you submitted an application before June 18, 2019, IRCC will continue to process it.

If you are an OFW who has been caring for children, you might be able to apply for permanent residency under the Home Child Care Provider Pilot Program. Contact IRCC for more details.

Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program (CLOSED)

The Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program is now closed. New applications were only accepted until June 18, 2019.

If you submitted an application before June 18, 2019, IRCC will continue to process it.

If you are an OFW who has even working as a home support worker, you might be able to apply for permanent residency under the Home Support Worker Pilot Program.




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