Pathway to Permanent Residence for Caregivers — February 25, 2019

Pathway to Permanent Residence for Caregivers

February 25, 2019

OTTAWA: Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, wishes to inform constituents that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is launching two new five-year caregiver immigration pilot programs.  This will replace expiring and ineffective pilot programs.

The new pilots will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family and provide a pathway to permanent residence.

Under the new pilots, applicants will be assessed for permanent residence criteria before they begin working in Canada. Once the caregiver has their work permit and 2 years of work experience, they will have access to a direct pathway to become a permanent resident.

These pilot programs will replace the Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots and include:

  • Occupation-specific work permits for caregivers, providing the ability to change jobs quickly when necessary.
  • Open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children, to allow the caregiver’s family to accompany them to Canada.

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers, will be open from March 4, 2019, until June 4, 2019.

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers will provide those caregivers an opportunity to stay in Canada permanently.

“Caregivers provide care to families in Canada needing assistance.  I encourage caregivers and all those involved with caregivers in the Yellowhead, whether personally or professionally, to let them know,” concluded MP Eglinski.

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