The government of Canada is all set to launch two new immigration programs. According to these Canada immigration pilot programs the foreign migrants who are working as caregivers in Canada will now have an opportunity to apply for the Canada PR. The caregivers will also be allowed to bring their families, spouses and common-law partners. The caregivers will have an open work permit, under this they will be allowed to change their jobs if their employers are abusive.
This step will undoubtedly add to the influx of immigrants into Canada. The caregivers can live with their families and also have study permits for their dependent children. According to the Canada immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, the caregivers offer relentless care to Canadian families who need it and now it is time for Canada to care for them as well. The decisions of allowing the caregivers to bring their families and apply for the Canada PR are the reflection of Canada’s trust and care that the government wants to provide them.
However, the foreign migrants, immigrating to Canada as caregivers will be assessed for the Canada PR criteria before they start working in Canada. After they have worked in Canada for two years, they will be eligible to apply for the Canada permanent residency status. The new five years pilot programs are being introduced as replacements of the previous programs namely, ‘Caring for Children’ and “Caring for People with High Medical Needs’. According to Hussen, both were ineffective.
The new and upgraded programs for home and child care are scheduled to be launched later this year with around 2,750 initial applicants. Each year 5,500 principal applicants will be invited under this program. However, the children and family members don’t count under these figures. However, the caregivers who are already working in Canada since 2014 will have an interim pathway as well, allowing them to apply for the Canada PR status as well. The interim program will be open from March 4th to June 4th, 2019.
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