Open work permits under the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot – Work experience completed [R205(a) – A75] – International Mobility Program

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

These instructions apply to IRCC employees. Since applicants cannot submit their applications at a port of entry, the instructions do not apply to border services officers.

This page provides instructions on the issuance of open work permits under the Home Child Care Provider Pilot (HCCPP) and the Home Support Worker Pilot (HSWP).

Qualifying foreign nationals currently in Canada who meet program eligibility requirements under the HCCPP or HSWP, including 24 months of work experience, may be eligible to apply for an open work permit to cover the gap between the expiry of their current work permit and the final decision on their application for permanent residence.

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Applicant categories

Applicants under the pilots are divided into 2 categories, depending on whether or not they have the eligible Canadian work experience when they first submit their permanent residence application:

Eligibility

To be eligible for an open work permit, foreign nationals must meet all the following criteria:

Foreign nationals in the following situations are not eligible to apply for an open work permit under this labour market impact assessment (LMIA) exemption code:

Receipt of work permit applications

Applications for permanent residence under one of the pilots are assessed first. Only once all the requirements are met, including Canadian work experience, do applicants become eligible for an unrestricted, open work permit. How pilot applicants provide proof of their work experience depends on their category:

If the officer is satisfied that the applicant has met the 24-month work experience requirement under the pilot, an approval in principle letter will be issued.

The applicant can then submit an unrestricted, open work permit application and include proof of the positive eligibility decision (approval in principle letter).

The application should be submitted online unless the applicant is exempt from the requirement to submit an in-Canada application online.

Processing applications

Upon receipt of the work permit application, the processing office confirms the following:

Work permit issuance in the Global Case Management System (GCMS)

Under the “Application" screen, officers should enter the following information in the specified fields:

Field Selection or input
Case type 27 – Under examination
Province of destination Unknown
City of destination Unknown
Exemption code A75
NOC 9999
Intended occupation Open
Employer Open
Duration 24 months or until the expiry of the passport or travel document, whichever is earlier
User remarks
(mandatory)
Pending APR stage two approval / Caregiver pilot

Important: In all cases, the officer must input on the work permit the visible remark “Pending APR stage two approval / Caregiver pilot”. This remark, in addition to the case type code, ensures eligibility for continued health care coverage by the province or territory.

Fees

The applicant is required to pay the work permit processing fee and the open work permit holder fee.

Any other applicable fees, such as the restoration fee, must also be included with the application.

Renewals

Subsequent requests from applicants to extend their stay on an unrestricted open work permit should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Spouse or common-law partner and dependants

Under the authority of paragraph R205(a), accompanying spouses, common-law partners and adult dependants already in Canada are eligible for an open work permit if the principal applicant was issued an open work permit.

They must also meet one of the following criteria:

Note: Adult dependants are those who have reached the age of majority in their province of destination or residence.

The age of majority is 18 years in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

The age of majority is 19 years in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon.

Work permit issuance in the Global Case Management System (GCMS)

Under the “Application” screen, officers should enter the following information in the specified fields:

Field Selection or input
Case type 27
Province of destination Unknown
City of destination Unknown
Exemption code C91
NOC 9999
Intended occupation Open
Employer Open
Duration Same validity period as the principal applicant’s work permit or until the expiry of the passport or travel document, whichever is earlier
User remarks
(mandatory)
DEP of APR Caregiver pilot

Fees

The applicant is required to pay the work permit processing fee and the open work permit holder fee.

Any other fees, such as restoration fees, must also be paid with the application.

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