Newcomers with Canadian experience as a home care or childcare provider will be able to apply for permanent residence through the Interim Pathway for Caregivers until October 8, 2019.
In addition to providing permanent residence pathways that don’t require an employer-specific work permit, the program allows the families of childcare providers to apply for Canadian citi-zenship to help keep caregiver families together.
Along with relevant work experience and a valid work permit, applicants must meet certain lan-guage and education criteria: 12 months of full-time work experience in the last five years, a minimum language score of CLB 5 in English or NLCL 5 in French, and a Canadian high school diploma (or foreign equivalent). Those who are waiting on work permit extensions can still apply.
Once applicants have filled out the form and paid the fees online, they will need to print the application form and fee receipt, sign it, and mail it to the Case Processing Centre in Edmonton.
Those who need to give additional fingerprints and photos will receive a letter after their application has been sent. The fees start at $1,040 and processing times for the applications are 12 months.