Caregivers

Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have introduced new 5 year pilot programs for caregivers:  The Home Child Care Provider Pilot (NOC 4411) and the Home Support Worker Pilot (NOC 4412).  

The aim of these programs is to allow qualified caregivers and their family members come to Canada with the goal of becoming permanent residents.

If you’ve been offered a job in Canada as a caregiver or have experience working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be able to apply for permanent residence through one of these pilots.

The application process will be different depending on your situation and how much qualifying work experience you have in Canada under these Noc codes.

Home child care provider (NOC 4411)

  • You must care for children under the age of 18 in your own home or in your employer’s home
  • You don’t need to live in your employer’s home to qualify
  • Experience as a foster parent doesn’t count

Home support worker (NOC 4412)

  • You must care for someone who needs help from a home support worker either in your own home or in your employer’s home
  • You don’t need to live in your employer’s home to qualify
  • Only home support workers are eligible under NOC 4412
  • Experience as a housekeeper doesn’t count

No Experience:  If you don’t have any qualifying work experience in Canada, you can apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot as long as you meet the other eligibility requirements.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  1. You must have a genuine and valid full-time job offer
  2. You are able to do the job (previous experience or training which demonstrates you can meet the requirements of the job)
  3. You meet the language requirements (CLB 5 in English or NLCL 5 in French in writing, reading, listening and speaking)
  4. You meet the education requirements (I year of post secondary education completed in Canada or a credential assessment to show that you have the Canadian equivalent)
  5. You are admissible to Canada
  6. You plan to live outside the province of Quebec as a permanent resident.

The process:  You submit a work permit and permanent residence application together.  IRCC will essentially pre-qualify you for permanent residence. They will issue an occupation restricted open work

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