Foreign Caregiver Applications Will be Processed Faster – Mendicino
Right after the important announcement made by the Honorable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship about six new immigration programs leading to permanent residency for health care workers and international graduates on April 14 (read all about these 6 new streams here), IRCC made another important announcement. Minister Mendicino stated that caregiver application processing times will be accelerated. The aim is to finalize the applications for permanent resident status for 6,000 caregivers who are currently in Canada and have the necessary work experience by the end of 2021.
The news was received with enthusiasm among thousands of caregivers with temporary statuses, who have been unable to see their parents and loved ones since their permanent residence applications have not been processed yet. Because of this, many of these temporary caregivers have not been able to visit their countries (as it would make them lose their temporary resident status) and they have not been able to bring their families to Canada.
Here are the new goals of IRCC about temporary caregivers’ applications for permanent residency:
- finish the caregiver applications for permanent residence for up to 6,000 caregivers (and their immediate families) who have completed (or will have completed) their Canadian work experience limit by the end of 2021
- IRCC will give first-stage decisions for 1,500 applications for the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots by the end of June 2021. By giving first-stage decisions, IRCC will be able to issue more temporary caregiver work permits (as there’s a set number for caregiver work permits on a given moment, old applicants must receive permanent resident status so that new applicants can come to Canada)
- all applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt letters by the end of May 2021.
- caregiver applications will be made more digital
This commitment by the IRCC is important as the permanent residence applications made through the Home Child Care Provider Program and Home Support Worker Program involved a lot of paperwork (literally). Since the government offices have been working with reduced capacity (or in some cases have completely switched to remote working) the processing times for these applications have slowed down tremendously. The move towards digitization by the IRCC will increase the processing times greatly.
Some of our readers may not be aware of the temporary caregiver programs offered by the IRCC so we thought we could touch on these programs a little bit below.
What Are the Home Child Care Provider & the Home Support Worker Pilot Programs?
Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots are a pathway for professional caregivers who want to immigrate and get permanent resident status in Canada. To do so, the applicants will have to work for 24 months (these do not have to be 24 consecutive months) with temporary resident status. Afterward, they (and their spouses plus dependent children) will be able to receive permanent resident status. Naturally, for professional caregivers, it’s a lot easier to apply and be selected to these pilot programs as opposed to other programs for qualified immigrants, such as the Express Entry system. The difference between Home Child Care Provider and the Home Support Worker is only their occupation class, home childcare providers are classified as NOC 4411, whereas the home support workers are classified as NOC 4412.
Who Are Eligible to Apply to Home Child Care Provider & Home Support Worker Pilot Programs?
To be eligible to apply to these programs, the applicant must specific criteria. The applicant must:
- have a valid job offer. A valid job offer is:
- full-time – at least 30 hours a week
- offered by an employer who is Canadian
- not in Quebec
- if you are applying as a Home Child Care Provider, the children must be under the age of 18.
- have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 (you can check out the equivalent test results here) proficiency,
- have completed at least 1 year of Canadian post-secondary education program. If they did not finish a Canadian program they must get an education credential assessment.
- not live in Quebec
Probably the most important step here is getting a job offer. If you do not have many qualifications or work experience in your home country, it can be difficult getting a job offer from a Canadian. However, you can still get a job offer even if you do not have much (or any) experience. Like any job offer, there is no right or wrong way. You getting a job offer will depend on many factors, so we can’t offer a clear-cut method to overcome this obstacle. Fulfilling other criteria is more or less a formality, so potential applicants to these programs must first and foremost focus on getting that job offer.
How Can Canadapt Help You?
If you are interested in immigrating to Canada, now is your chance! The Canadian government is aware of how vital home support workers are to working parents and elderly Canadian citizens. Especially during the COVID-19 crisis, elder citizens have become extremely dependent on professional caregivers. This is exactly why the Canadian government is trying to speed up the application processes of caregivers who are already in Canada so that they can open positions for more foreign candidates. If your dream is moving to Canada, don’t miss the train!
Reach out to us if you have any queries with Canadian immigration processes. Our experts would be happy to assist you. Don’t forget to check out our free 15-minute consultation by filling out the evaluation form here.