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IRCC will accept applications for the caregiver pilot program starting in 2024.

The caregiver pilot program starting in 2024.    Jan 03 2024
The caregiver pilot program starting in 2024.

The cap will be reset, and applications for the two caregiver pilot programs will be accepted on January 1st by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Home Support Worker Pilot and the Home Childcare Provider Pilot are Direct to Permanent Residence categories.

Applications with prior caregiving experience are only accepted into these programs. 2019 saw the start of both pilot programs, ending on June 17th, 2024. About 1,100 caregivers and their families will become long-term residents in 2022, demonstrating how well-liked they have become. The IRCC encourages qualified applicants to apply as soon as possible. 

On April 14th, 2023, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot's 1,000 online applications were filled; however, the website indicates that there are still openings for the Home Support Worker Pilot in 2023.

In 2023, the required work experience will be reduced.

The IRCC stated in February 2023 that the 24-month full-time job requirement for work experience for caregivers would be halved to 12 months. Ninety per cent of applications for caregiver immigration programs were anticipated to be impacted by the change.

According to the department, thirty hours of paid labour per week constitute full-time employment, and an applicant must have completed the required work experience within the previous 36 months to apply. Experience from jobs while still a student has yet to be accepted. Candidates may also need work experience corresponding to National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes 4411 or 4412. The IRCC points out that experience can only come from one of these jobs—not from a combination of the two.

Additionally, the candidate's work must fulfil most of the core responsibilities and align with the NOC job description.

In 2023, the other prerequisites for applicants stayed the same. For instance, they have to be able to show.

language test scores indicating a five on the Canadian Language Bench-mark (CLB);

A year of postsecondary education in Canada or its equivalent abroad;

Obtain a clean record in terms of health, criminal history, and security.

Temporary caregivers for residents

Through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), caregivers not qualified for permanent residency under these programs can nonetheless apply to extend their work visa.

To accomplish this, their employer needs to obtain a positive or neutral Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). An employer can demonstrate to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that they are actively seeking an LMIA application from a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who possesses the skills required to fill a position that is in high demand.

The company may hire a foreign national under the TFWP if ESDC determines that doing so will positively or negatively affect Canada's economy. TFWP workers are not permitted to work for any other Canadian company because closed work permits cover them.

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