After a long wait, Canada’s Interim Pathway for Caregivers is now open to applications from foreign caregivers who failed to qualify for Canadian permanent residence but entered Canada after Nov 30th, 2014. They can use this fantastic opportunity until June 4th, 2019. Along with the launch of the two enhanced five-year pilot programs which will let dependent and children to join caregivers working and living in Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) also declared the temporary pathway to permanent residence after two years.
Provisional pathway for caregivers
Individuals who got work experience as a home support worker, home childcare provider or both with the help of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada since November 30, 2014, are eligible for the three-month Interim Pathway for Caregivers. Work experience should match with the initial description and list of primary duties for Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) Group 4411 or 4412 and the initial description.
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers is available to those individuals who want to live outside of Quebec and have:
- Permission to work on a work permit in Canada apart from the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) work permit
- Applied for the renewal of work permit apart from a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit.
- Eligible and applied for restoration of status and has a work permit along with a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit.
- Language skills with a minimum of CLB/NCLC 5 in French or English
- Full-time experience of 12 months since November 30 in a relevant occupation
- At least a non-Canadian educational diploma, a Canadian high school diploma or a certificate that is equal to a Canadian high school diploma.
- Foreign credentials need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) which is issued by an approved organization within five years before the date of application. This implies that certificate or foreign diploma is the same as a Canadian secondary school diploma.
Note that candidates who failed to get an ECA before Interim Pathway for Caregivers on June 4th and whose educational credential are received outside Canada are still eligible if they submit evidence that they have already applied to get an ECA. Written confirmation from an agency which proves that they submitted a request for receipt of payment or an ECA can be used as evidence. There exists no limitation on the number of applications accepted by IRCC through the Interim Pathway for Caregivers. If the current work permit of a caregiver is through the Live-in Caregiver Program, then he/she will not be considered through the interim pathway.
IRCC affirmed that the interim measure would respond to concerns of caregivers who entered Canada as in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers through the Caring for Children or Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilot programs which was a substitute of Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program in the month of November 2014.IRCC also declared that the interim program would also have revised criteria when compared to the current pilot programs so that it can provide a pathway to permanent residence for caregivers who came to Canada in good faith.
IRCC stated that the changes are being misunderstood and made the foreign caregivers arrive in Canada with the belief that they will be eligible for permanent residence if they obtain two years of Canadian work experience and a temporary work permit. IRCC explained that several caregivers who arrived in Canada failed to meet the requirements for education and permanent residence. IRCC further confirmed that this short-term pathway would surely eliminate the unique vulnerabilities faced by the in-Canada temporary foreign worker caregivers as they are ineligible according to the current pathway to permanent residence.
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