Home Child-Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot: Application process and who can apply

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Those eligible to apply are foreign nationals who

They must also have one of the following

Eligibility for processing

All applications for permanent residence under the Home Child-Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots must be submitted to the Case Processing Centre in Edmonton (CPC-E), in Alberta.

A maximum of 2,750 complete applications will be processed per year in each pilot, as authorized by Ministerial Instructions. Applications must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in section 10 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) and in the application kit to be considered complete and eligible for processing. All complete applications received before the pilots expire will be processed.

How the process works

Applicants under the Home Child-Care Provider or Home Support Worker pilots can apply with or without 24 months of eligible Canadian work experience.

24 months or more of eligible work experience

An applicant with 24 months or more of eligible Canadian work experience must satisfy the following criteria:

Fewer than 24 months of eligible work experience

An applicant with fewer than 24 months of eligible Canadian work experience must satisfy eligibility and admissibility requirements upfront.

Applicants must:

Officers assess applicants against these criteria. If the applicant is eligible, the permanent residence application is put on hold and the applicant is issued an occupation-restricted open work permit. Dependants are also eligible to accompany the principal applicant and can be issued open work or study permits. When applying for permanent residence through one of these pilots, applicants are required to submit an application for a work permit for themselves and applications for work or study permits for any accompanying dependants along with their application for permanent residence.

Once issued an occupation-restricted open work permit, the principal applicant must obtain 24 months of eligible, full-time, Canadian work experience. To remain eligible in the program, this must happen within 3 years of being issued their occupation-specific open work permit. Applicants must submit proof of obtaining this work experience within 3 years of being issued their occupation-restricted open work permit.

Upon receipt of proof, the permanent residence application is taken off hold. An officer will assess whether the applicant meets the work experience requirement and make sure the applicant is still admissible to Canada.

Note: Applicants can still apply for the Home Child-Care Provider or Home Support Worker pilots if they have some of the, but not a complete, 24 months of qualifying work experience. The applicant must satisfy the same requirements as mentioned above.

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