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Further Changes to Caregiver Programs

Published: Mar 1, 2019

The rules surrounding these programs have changed three times in five years.

The first change happened on November 30, 2014 when the Live-In Caregiver program was closed. Two new programs, the "Caring for Children" and the "Caring for People with High Medical Needs", were substituted in its place. Many people did not realize that having a work permit to look after children or people with high medical needs did not automatically qualify you for permanent residence as under the Live-In Caregiver program. Many foreign workers put in the necessary hours working in one of these two types of jobs but then failed in their application for permanent residence because they could not meet other requirements such as obtaining a Canadian education.

For a three month period from March 4, 2019 to June 4, 2019 people who came to work in Canada under these two new programs will be allowed to apply for permanent residence subject to easier requirements. They must, though, have at least one year of full time work experience as a "home child care provider" or a "home support worker" under an appropriate work permit. They also need to show they have at least a one year Canadian post-secondary educational credential or an equivalent education from a non-Canadian education institution. It is going to be hard to prove that you have that one year non-Canadian education equivalent as you need to obtain an equivalency certificate from an Educational Credential Assessment centre. It can take a long time to get equivalency certificates.

This is just a summary of the new rules. To take advantage of the new rules an applicant has to start working on their application right away. The government promises to set up two more new caregiver Immigration programs in November, 2019. The programs will be very small. They will only cover 2,750 principal applicants under each of the new categories. Only vague details of the November 2019 program have been released.

You often only have one chance to succeed when making an immigration application. We believe at Eisenberg & Young LLP that it is still possible to successfully apply for citizenship, temporary worker and permanent resident status in Canada. We continue to strongly recommend, given the complexity of the present and ever-changing immigration system, that you do not apply without first obtaining professional help.

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