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6,000 Permanent Resident Applications for Caregivers to be Finalized by IRCC by Year End

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On 15 April 2021 The Government of Canada’s immigration department Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released a statement saying it would be finalizing applications for caregivers and their immediate family members, so long as they had completed the necessary in-Canada work experience. This comes as a relief for many caregivers who are waiting to be reunited with their loved ones, as the global COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unprecedented upheaval to Canada’s immigration programs. It is expected that 6,000 caregiver applications will be finalized by 31 December 2021.

This is part of a processing plan aimed at streamlining applications in the Home Child-Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot system. The IRCC is also hoping to issue more work permits to candidates who have valid job offers in Canada by making at least 1,500 first-stage decisions on applications for the pilot programs by 30 June 2021.

Both the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots began in 2019. Unlike other pathways to permanent residence, the work permits issued under the two pilot programs are occupation-specific, meaning that candidates do not have to remain with one employer but rather must remain employed in a given occupation. Approximately 2,900 caregivers and their immediate family members were approved for permanent residency last year. The Home Child Care Provider pilot program has received 2,367 applications as of 8 April 2021, and the Home Support Worker pilot program has received 516.

The IRCC was processing around 12,000 application for caregivers and their family members as of 3 March 2021. This includes applications from both current pilot programs but also from previous programs such as the Interim Pathway for Caregivers.

As essential workers, caregivers may also be eligible for one of the recently announced federal pathways to permanent residence. Canada will be accepting 30,000 new permanent residence applications from candidates who have had one year of work in essential occupations, including those under NOC codes 4411 (home child care providers) and 4412 (home support workers, housekeepers, and related occupations) which covers many caregiving occupations.

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