Canada has been at the forefront of the countries that welcome foreign workers. Canada has been known to be the most welcoming country to foreign workers, international students, and asylum seekers for decades now. The country is still accepting applications for permanent residence under the Home Support Worker Pilot Program.
According to the Canadian government’s official website, the country hasn’t yet reached the threshold it had set for the pilot and says the webpage information will only be updated once it closes applications in 2020. The Canadian government initiated the pilot last summer, alongside another program known as the Home Child Care Provider. This pilot closed with a total of 2,750 applications and is scheduled for reopening on January 1, 2020.
Individuals who have already filed their applications need not contact the Canadian immigration department. The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will send them a notification once the process commences. However, the timeline may extend due to various drawbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The two pilot programs run for five years each. They offer a chance for professional and qualified caregivers to migrate to Canada with their families with an opportunity of obtaining permanent residence.
Applicants will undergo a different application process, depending on their work experience and life situations. According to the immigration guidelines under these pilot programs, the qualifying work experience is limited to individuals who’ve previously worked as child caregivers or home support workers. Experience in foster care or housekeeping is not considered.