Occupation-restricted open work permit for caregivers

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

This page provides instructions for processing work permit applications in the permanent residence Home Child Care Provider Pilot (HCCPP) and Home Support Worker Pilot (HSWP).

The requirements for permanent residence are assessed upfront for all applicants under the 2 new permanent residence pilots, the HCCPP (National Occupational Classification [NOC] 4411) and HSWP (NOC 4412), except for the 24 months of eligible Canadian work experience, unless they have already acquired it.

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Applicant categories

Applicants under the new pilots are divided into 2 categories, depending on whether or not they meet the eligibility requirement for Canadian work experience:

Note: An occupation-restricted open work permit allows the applicant to work for any employer, but only in the occupation specified on the work permit.

Issuing the work permit

Applicants outside Canada must submit an Application for work permit made outside Canada together with their APR.

Applicants who are in Canada must submit an Application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker [IMM 5710] with their APR.

Officers issue the occupation-restricted open work permit after stage 1 approval (positive permanent residence pre-assessment) of the APR. If a stage 1 negative decision is rendered, the work permit application is rejected and associated temporary residence fees are refunded.

The occupation-restricted open work permit should be issued for 3 years starting from the date the work permit is issued at the port of entry (POE) or in Canada, regardless of whether or not the applicant has already accumulated some Canadian work experience as a caregiver under one of the eligible NOCs (4411 or 4412). The open work permit must be restricted to the occupation under the specific NOC for which the applicant has submitted their APR.

If the occupation-restricted open work permit has been issued for less than 3 years due to passport validity, an extension can be granted for the remaining eligibility period. For example, if the work permit has been issued for 2 years, it may be extended for a year.

To align with permanent residence objectives under the new HCCPP and HSWP, the total work permit duration should not exceed 3 years.

The occupation-restricted open work permit is issued under the authority of paragraph 205(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), as the work of in-home caregivers plays an important role in supporting Canadian families. As foreign nationals in transition to permanent residence, caregiver applicants under the new pilots are expected to make significant economic and social contributions to society.

Work permit coding

The work permit is coded as follows:

User remarks

Officers must include the following condition in the work permit remarks:

They must also include one of the following conditions:

Spouses or common-law partners and dependants

Accompanying spouses and dependants at the age of majorityFootnote 1 are eligible for an open work permit (same validity as the caregiver principal applicant) under the authority of paragraph R205(a). These permits are coded as follows:

Spouses and dependants of caregivers are eligible to apply for an open study permit from outside Canada only if the caregiver’s work permit has been approved in writing before they entered Canada.

Spouses and dependants of caregivers who are in Canada on a valid work permit can apply for an initial study permit or study permit extension from inside Canada.

Dependants have to provide a letter of acceptance to a designated learning institution (DLI) with their study permit application. Dependants applying to study at the primary or secondary level, whose application is included with the caregiver’s work permit application, are exempt from the requirement of providing a letter of acceptance with their application.

The validity of the study permit is tied to the validity of the caregiver’s work permit or until the expiry of the passport or travel document, whichever is earlier.

Preschool-age dependants need to apply for either a temporary resident visa (TRV) or electronic travel authorization (eTA). At the port of entry, the preschool-age dependant should be authorized to enter for the same duration as the principal applicant or until expiry of the passport or travel document, whichever is earlier.

Note: For accompanying spouses and dependants who are issued either a study permit or a temporary resident visa (TRV), officers must indicate the special program code CARE4411 (Caregivers&fam-HCCP Pilot) or CARE4412 (Caregivers&fam-HSW Pilot) under which the caregiver is applying.

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