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Caregivers

As a caregiver, you have options to come to Canada to become a permanent resident or work temporarily.
Permanent residence for caregivers
Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot
As of June 18, 2019, you may be able to apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot if you:
• meet the eligibility requirements, and
• have a job offer to work in one of these occupations
Interim Pathway for Caregivers
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers will open again for 3 months starting July 8, 2019.
If you need to send us your language test results or Educational Credential Assessment for an application you already submitted, follow the instructions in the guide.
Live-in Caregiver Program
The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) is closed to new applicants.
You can only apply for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) if you have at least 2 years of work experience in the program and:
• you’re already working in Canada with an LCP work permit, or
• you were approved for your first LCP work permit based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment submitted to Employment and Social Development Canada on or before November 30, 2014
If you have work experience in Canada as a caregiver but don’t qualify for either of the options above, you may be eligible to immigrate to Canada through a different program.
Temporary work for caregivers
If you don’t meet the requirements for permanent residence as a caregiver, you may be able to work temporarily.
Apply to extend your work permit
If you’re currently working in Canada as a caregiver, you may be eligible to extend your work permit through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
Your employer will need to get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) first.
Caring for Children (*terminated June 18, 2019)
In order to qualify for Canadian Immigration under the Caring for Children program, caregivers must:
• Have a minimum of 24 months (within the past four years, or 48 months) of full-time work experience (at least 30 hours per week) in Canada as a home childcare provider, with a valid work permit;
o Note: Applicants can have breaks in employment (for example, periods where you were not employed, sick leave, parental leave)
• Meet the description of a home childcare provider as defined by NOC 4411;
o Applicants will need to show they performed the duties in the job description, including most of the main duties listed.
• Have completed a one-year Canadian post-secondary credential, or equivalent foreign credential proven with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA); and
• Prove minimum language ability of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French.
Applicants must have cared for children under the age of 18, in their own home or in their employer’s home. Caregivers do not need to have lived in their employer’s home to be considered eligible. Foster parents are not eligible to apply under this program.
Caring for People with High Medical Needs (*terminated June 18, 2019)
In order to qualify for Canadian Immigration under the Caring for People with High Medical Needs program, caregivers must have:
• A minimum of 24 months (within the past four years, or 48 months) of full-time work experience (at least 30 hours per week) in Canada as:
o Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
o Licensed practical nurses (3233)
o Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (3413)
o Home support workers and related occupations (4412)
 Housekeepers are not eligible under this occupation classification.
• Demonstrate a license to practice in Canada if work experience in Canada was as a registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012) or as a licensed practical nurse (NOC 3233);
• Have completed a one-year Canadian post-secondary credential, or equivalent foreign credential proven with an ECA; and
• Prove minimum language ability for one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French.
o NOC 3012 must demonstrate CLB 7
o NOC 3233, 3413, OR 4412 must demonstrate CLB 5
Note: Applicants can have breaks in employment (for example, periods where you were not employed, sick leave, parental leave).

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