The COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for various immigration departments to process immigration applications, especially paper-based applications received for the Home Care Provider Pilots in 2020. The good news is that Canada’s immigration department plans to get back on track and announced a plan to process and finalize 6,000 caregiver applications for permanent residency by December 31, 2021.
Caregivers who submitted their applications are waiting anxiously to be reunited with their loved ones. According to COVID-19 travel restrictions in Canada, immediate family members of permanent residents may travel to Canada at this time. The travel restrictions have been extended to May 21, 2021, for all countries.
How Will Canada Welcome 6,000 Caregivers in 2021?The IRCC put an action plan in place that will improve and accelerate the application process for caregivers during COVID-19 and in the future. The first step is to make decisions on the first batch of 1,500 applications in order to issue more work permits for caregivers with valid job offers in Canada.Next, the IRCC wants to step away from paper-based applications and adopt more digital technologies to fast-track applications. Last but not least, the goal is to process applications from 6,000 applicants and their immediate family members by the end of the year.
- 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;
- Allow more work permits to be issued to caregivers with valid job offers in Canada;
- Increase the digitization of caregiver applications;
- Ensure applicants receive acknowledgment of receipt letters by May 31, 2021; and
- Finalize permanent residence applications for up to 6,000 caregivers who have completed their in-Canada work experience and their immediate family members, by December 31, 2021
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco Mendicino, announced the news on Twitter.
Caregivers are In-Demand in Canada in 2021
Today, Canada launched six new paths to permanent residency aimed at essential workers including home support workers such as caregivers, personal aides, and housekeepers. Home support workers are essential workers in Canada and play an important role in the health and well-being of our rapidly aging population. Thousands of families depend on foreign caregivers to provide the assistance and care their loved ones need.
Home Support Workers Pilot
The Home Support Workers Pilot was introduced in 2019 to make it easier for caregivers with Canadian work experience to permanently settle in the country. The Pilot provides a clear immigration plan and a brighter future in Canada for dedicated home support workers.
If you’re interested in working in Canada as a caregiver then the first step is to apply for a Canadian work permit through the Pilot. The type of work permit you will be issued is an occupation-specific work permit. This allows you to change employers during your stay in Canada. Your application for permanent residency will be submitted at the same time as your work visa application. Find out if you qualify to apply by clicking on the link below.
How is Canada Handling COVID-19?
Canada to Receive 2 Million Vaccine Doses Each Week!
About 30 percent of the Canadian population has received one dose of a vaccine. The numbers are set to increase dramatically in the coming weeks following the announcement that Canada will receive two million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses each week. The two pharmaceutical firms, Pfizer and BioNTech, have ramped up deliveries and began shipping shots from the United States. Canadian provinces with the highest infection including Quebec and Ontario will accelerate their immunization efforts and lower the age range for eligible persons.
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