CANADA CARING FOR CAREGIVERS

CANADA CARING FOR CAREGIVERS

The IRCC (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada) is going to launch on June 18, 2019 two new pilot programs in support of foreign caregivers who wish to become permanent residents. Called “The Home Child Care Provider” and “Home Support Worker,” these programs will result in  work permits being issued to those who benefit from job offers and meet the criteria of a Canadian immigration program. The novelty lies in the fact that their permits will no longer be  employer-specific but rather occupation-specific, which will allow the holders to engage anywhere they get an offer for the job; as a consequence of this spectacular shift, those who want to hire internally through the new pilot programs will no longer need approval from the ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada) in the form of a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) currently a major obstacle for most employers. In addition, family members of the holder of such a permit will also receive open work permits or study permits as the case may be. IRCC will soon publish new rules whereby those who have accumulated two years of activity in Canada through one of these pilot programs will get permanent residence with a minimum of formalities and reduced processing times. Specifically, the occupation-specific work permit is expected to be obtained within a maximum of 12 months, during which time the IRCC also checks the admissibility in principle of the permanent residence (PR) application, while the actual PR status will be granted to the holder and his / her family in up to 6 months from the time they submit proof that they have worked in Canada on the basis of that work permit. Meanwhile, candidates who have started their permanent residence applications under the old pilot programs will continue to benefit from the procedure in force at the time of the filing of their applications. Finally, the IRCC announced the extension for another three months starting on 8 July 2019 of  the provisions allowing the submission of permanent residence applications  by caregivers  who arrived in Canada after 2014 and were subject to regulations which would no longer allow them to reach this goal (see our February 2019 issue). Please note that for each of the two pilot programs launched on June 18, 2019, the IRCC has set an annual cap of 2,750 files, so time is essential if you want to benefit from them. Share

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