Canada announces fast-tracking of caregiver applications for permanent residence
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister Marco Mendicino announced a plan on April 15 to fast-track applications for caregivers to apply for permanent residence during the pandemic.
Mendicino stated that IRCC is trying to get caregiver immigration back on track to help reunite front-line workers with their loved ones. The pandemic has significantly slowed down permanent residence application processing, keeping families apart.
The new policy takes effect on May 3, 2021. The permanent residence applications of up to 6,000 caregivers who have finished their Canadian work experience, and their immediate family members, are being tagged as high priority to be processed by the end of this year.
IRCC has stated the goal to make at least 1,500 first-stage decisions on applications for the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots by June 30, 2021. By prioritizing these decisions, it will allow more caregiver work permits to be issued for those who have valid job offers to work for families in Canada. Candidates who applied to these pilots last year, do not need to re-apply.
The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots allow caregivers with temporary status to transition to permanent status. They receive occupation-specific, not employer-specific, work permits. The pilots also allow caregivers and their families to move to Canada while they gain work experience.
IRCC hopes to ensure that applicants receive acknowledgement of receipt letters by May 30, 2021.
In January, Mendicino stated he wants to make the Canadian immigration processes fully digital. Mendicino is interested in digitizing and speeding up Canada’s immigration processes.
As of April 8, the Home Child Care Provider Pilot was fourteen percent (14%) below capacity for this year and could still receive 385 applications. The Home Support Worker Pilot was at eighty-one percent (81%) below capacity and can still accept another 2,200 applications.