2020-11-17 – The Government of Canada has not yet reached its targets for applications for the Home Support Worker Pilot program for 2020. The Caregiver Program will continue to accept new applications until the target has been met. OFWs who are interested in working in Canada as Caregivers should take a closer look at the available pilot programs.
CAREGIVER PROGRAM STILL OPEN FOR NEW APPLICATIONS
The other pilot program under the Caregiver Program, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot program has already met its target, having received 2,750 applications.
The Home Child Care Provider Pilot will be open for new applications starting on January 1, 2021.
The Caregiver Program’s two pilot programs allow eligible Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to come to Canada as caregivers who have pathways to Permanent Residency.
Minimum requirements must still be met for OFWs who are accepted under either pilot program to be able to apply for permanent residency.
OFWs must meet the minimum requirements of the pilot programs, which include documented full-time work as a child care provider or home support worker.
Under-the-table work, or work not authorized by the Government of Canada, is not eligible.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR CAREGIVER PROGRAM
OFWs must have at least 24 months (2 years) of qualifying work to be eligible to apply for either pilot program.
Applications are still being accepted for the Home Support Worker Pilot. The Home Child Care Pilot is closed to new applications until 2021.
Unlike previous iterations of the Caregiver Program, OFWs are now required to submit applications for Work Permits and Permanent Residency at the same time.
OFWs who submit a successful application will receive an occupation restricted Open Work Permit upon arrival in Canada, which will allow them to work for any eligible Canadian Employer who has not been blacklisted by the Government of Canada.
While OFWs can work for any eligible Canadian employer, they can only work as Caregivers.
The Government of Canada’s immigration department Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are sending notification letters to those who have already submitted applications for either pilot program to notify them that their documents are already being processed.
IRCC noted that processing times may be impacted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information about available pathways for Caregivers, click here.
For more information about the Home Child Care Provider Pilot and the Home Support Worker Pilot programs, click here.
SOURCE: Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
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