Canada launched two new pilot programs especially for the Caregivers. Now they can bring their children and spouses with them to the country. Moreover, there will be a pathway to permanent residence for them in these pilot programs.
The new pilots
These new pilots will have a period of five years and will replace the present programs which are expiring in 2019. Many among the Canadian caregivers are relieved after this announcement. They were in indeterminate state over their future because the pilots were coming to the end later in the year. These new pilots are:
- Home Child Care Provider Pilot
- Home Support Worker Pilot
Ahmed Hussen Immigration Minister Canada also stated that after this there will be will be greater flexibility for the caregivers to change their jobs. He added that the Caregivers provide care to such families who need it, and the time was right for Canada to take care of them. Presently this will be an opportunity, to bring their family members in the country, and also access the PR Status, demonstrating our commitment.
Far reaching changes
Moreover, after the changes in the new pilots the permanent residence criteria will be a measure to assess the applicants before they begin working in Canada. Additionally, after completing two years work experience on the initial work permit, candidates can access the direct pathway to become the permanent residents. In the initial two years, the children and spouses of the candidate can accompany them to Canada on an open Work Permits/Study Permit.
The new pilots serve as a replacement for the present Caring for People with High Medical Needs and Caring for Children programs.
The important features are:
- Work permits which are specific to an Occupation for the caregivers, where they can change jobs in a quick manner when there is a necessity.
- An Open work permit for spouses or common-law partner and a study permit for dependent children. This will help the family of a caregiver to accompany them to the country.
Furthermore, the Interim Pathway for Caregivers will also commence from March 4th, 2019 and end on June 4, 2019. The aim of this short-term pathway is to end the confusion of caregivers regarding the 2014 changes. They had arrived in Canada but found later that they were not able to qualify for permanent residence in any program.
IRCC also stated that there will be modified criteria in the interim program in comparison to the present pilot programs. It is an open pathway for caregivers to seek permanent residence who arrived in good faith.
In 2017, IRCC had made a commitment to reduce the backlog in the PR of caregivers. At present it is 94 percent. Additionally, there is reduction in the processing times to 12 months only.
The Home Support Worker Pilot and Home Child Care Provider Pilot will be launched later in the year. The maximum limit is of 2,750 principal applicants in each head. Spouses/common-law partners and dependent children are excluded from the limit.