Those who have filed for permanent residency under the Home Child Care Provider (HCCP) or Home Support Worker Pilot (HSW) programs will soon be able to qualify with less than two years of Canadian work experience and immigrate to Canada with PR Process in canada.

Members of Parliament Salma Zahid and Rechie Valdez made the announcement from Scarborough today that the work experience requirement for caregivers seeking permanent residency in Canada will be lowered from 24 months to 12 months.

Caregivers who have already applied will be affected by the change, which will go into effect on April 30, 2023. The required amount of work experience will be verified by Refugees, and Citizenship, Immigration Canada (IRCC).

In addition, some spots under the current caregiver paths have been set aside for caregivers with prior work experience in Canada from a previous work visa in Canada so that they may apply for permanent residence (PR) in Canada.

According to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, "in Canada, caregivers have been crucial in the lives of many growing children, aging parents, and individuals requiring further specialized care." To settle down and start a new life as an Immigrant in Canada, caregivers, and their families will benefit from having at least one year of work experience in the country.

Other than that, the requirements for participation in both programs are the same, thus applicants should have the following ready to show:

  • Postsecondary study in Canada or its foreign equivalent
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 5
  • Be able to pass an admissibility check (health, criminality, and security)

Mandatory Elements for candidates to be able to show the following types of work experience

  • Knowledge of the NOC codes 4411 and 4412 for the field of work sought.
  • One cannot be proficient in both fields simultaneously.
  • Meet most of the main duties of the NOC job description
  • Working at least 30 hours per week for pay qualifies as full-time.

IRCC anticipates that the change will affect about 90% of applicants currently being processed for caregiver programs. Both pilot initiatives were initiated in 2019 and will conclude in June 2024. Under the initiatives, about 1,600 caregivers and their family members have become permanent citizens with Canada PR Visa. With the two pilots, almost 1,100 caregivers and their family members became permanent residents in Canada in 2022 alone.

There are 861,395 Canadians above the age of 85, according to the 2021 census. According to the data collected by the Census, there were 2.1 million persons aged 75–85 residing in assisted living and other forms of elder care in the United States. According to 2016 statistics, there were approximately 500,000 people residing in nursing homes and other forms of long-term care.

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