The Interim Pathway for Caregivers is one of the short-term immigration programs for those who intend to reside permanently in Canada.
This program is best suited for Foreign caregivers with Canadian experience. They can easily apply for Canada permanent resident status.
Thus, if you are a foreign home child care provider or home support worker you are eligible to apply for this Interim Pathway program for Caregivers.
After the 4th of June, the program will no longer accept new applications, this creates a way for two (2) new pilot programs:
- Home Child Care Provider Pilot
- Home Support Worker Pilot
To be eligible for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers applicants must satisfy some eligibility criteria, with a few selected requirements like having a work experience in Canada as a home support worker (NOC 4412) or home child care provider (NOC 4411). Below are the precise eligibility criteria:
- Status in Canada
Your Canadian working papers should be legitimate, or you must have applied for your working papers extension and probably waiting for a decision to be made. Even if you applied for your status as a worker to be renewed.
You will not be qualified to apply for this program if your status restoration or working papers extension was refused. Additionally, if you received your working papers through the Live-in Caregiver Program, then you will not be eligible for this pathway.
- Your Work Experience
You are expected to have at least 12-months of full-time work experience in Canada which you must have gained since November 30th, 2014. Also, the work experience must fall within any of these two (2) occupations (or a mixture of both):
- Home support worker (NOC 4412)
- Home child care provider (NOC 4411)
The employment doesn’t necessarily have to be continuous, you’re free to experience breaks. Your work experience will not be counted if you obtained it while you were still a full-time student.
Applicants must have an Educational credential like a Canadian high school diploma. But if your credential were completed outside Canada, then Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) would be required.
- Language Proficiency
Applicants must be proficient in either French or English. They are also required to show their results from a formal language test obtained at least two (2) years prior to showing proficiency at CLB Level 5.
Interim Pathway for Caregivers Application Procedure
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers uses the paper-based application system. This implies that all documents and forms must be printed, signed, as well as submitted as hard-copy in the text by mail.
You can easily refer to the IRCC official webpage so you can download the application form & document checklist.
In order for your application to be considered complete, it has to include the following:
- Required application and forms (signed where necessary)
- Fee payment receipt
- All supporting documents
Some applicants may be required to carry out medical exams, educational credentials assessment (ECA), police certificates, and/or biometrics.
After your application has been completed, you have to mail your application to IRCC’s Case Processing Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Note that the Interim Pathway for Caregivers has a processing time of about 12 months.