Government Announces New PR Path for Caregivers
On February 23, 2019, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a launch of two new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots that will replace those expiring in November 2019. The new pilots will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family (through permits for accompanying dependants) and provide a pathway to permanent residence.
Caregivers will also have greater flexibility to change jobs and 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. In addition, IRCC also launched the Interim Pathway for Caregivers, which will be open from March 4, 2019, until June 4, 2019. The Interim Pathway will have modified criteria compared to the current pilot programs and offer a pathway to permanent residence for caregivers who have come to Canada and are providing care to Canadians, without a clear pathway to permanent residence.