Many Filipinos have immigrated to Canada as caregivers. Assisting with the raising of children, tending to the elderly, and caring for people with medical needs, Filipinos, mostly women, have found caregiving to be an effective pathway to Canada.
But, Canada’s immigration programs for caregivers have undergone many changes in the past several years. Filipinos still have options for immigrating to Canada as a caregiver, however. In this article, we explain how to immigrate to Canada as a caregiver from the Philippines, and we also explain the changes to caregiver immigration over the past several years, including which programs have been closed and which new programs have been opened.
These caregiver immigration programs are currently open and accepting applications. If you want to immigrate to Canada from the Philippines as a caregiver, these are your options:
If you don’t qualify for either of Canada’s caregiver pilot programs, you may qualify to work as a caregiver in Canada by using a temporary work permit. These are your options:
There have been many changes to caregiver programs in the past several years. These are three former Canadian immigration programs for caregivers that have since been closed:
The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots: caregiver immigration to Canada from the Philippines
The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots are great options for Filipino caregivers who want to immigrate to Canada. They were launched in 2019 and will last a minimum of five years, with the possibility of being extended. Presently, both pilot programs aim to accept 2,750 caregivers each year, for a total of 5,500.
The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots are the only two Canadian immigration programs for caregivers that are currently open. If someone tells you otherwise, they might be referencing one of the caregiver programs that have closed in the past few years.
These two pilots are immigration programs that allow you to come to Canada on a work permit, but with a long-term pathway to Canadian permanent resident status. As long as you follow the steps of the program, you’ll be able to get PR status for yourself, your spouse or common-law partner, and your dependent children.
Eligibility for the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots
In order to apply to the Home Child Care Provider or Home Support Worker pilots, you must meet the following eligibility criteria.
You must have either of the following completed items:
- A Canadian one-year post-secondary (or higher) educational credential, or
- A foreign educational credential equal to or higher than a Canadian one-year post-secondary educational credential (this must be supported by an Educational Credential Assessment).
You need to prove that you are proficient in either English or French. You have to take an approved language test and receive scores at or above the Canadian Language Benchmark of Level 5 (CLB 5). Your language test results must be less than two years old at the time of your application.
Canadian Work Experience or a Canadian Job Offer
If you already have qualifying Canadian work experience, then you can apply directly for permanent resident status.
If you don’t have Canadian work experience, then you need an eligible job offer which will allow you to apply for an occupation-specific open work permit. Then, once you have enough Canadian experience, you may apply for permanent resident status. An occupation-specific open work permit means that you must work in one specific occupation, but you may change employers.
What counts as qualifying Canadian work experience?
In order to apply for permanent residence through these pilots, you must have work experience that meets the following conditions:
- 24 months of full-time (30+ hours per week) Canadian work experience obtained in the 36 months prior to application.
- Work experience must be one of these two occupations:
- Home Child-Care Provider (NOC 4411): Applicants must have provided in-home care to children under the age of 18, whether in their own home or in the employer’s or child’s home. Foster parents are not eligible.
- Home Support Workers (NOC 4412): Applicants must have experience as home support workers and related occupations. Housekeepers are not eligible.
What counts as an eligible Canadian job offer?
In order to apply for an open work permit through these pilots, you must have a Canadian job offer that meets the following conditions:
- From a single Canadian employer,
- For a position outside the province of Quebec,
- For full-time employment (30+ hours per week),
- In a home child-care provider (NOC 4411) or home support worker (NOC 4412) position, and
- Genuine and likely to be valid when you are issued your occupation-specific open work permit.
The genuineness of your job offer will be assessed based on proof of your employer’s need for a caregiver, proof that the wage of your job offer is in line with provincial standards, and proof that your employer can afford to pay the wages. As well, if the job offer is for a live-in arrangement, your employer must prove that they have reasonable accommodations for you.
In addition to the qualifying job offer, you must also demonstrate that you have the ability to perform the work outlined in your job offer. This might include proof of relevant work experience, copies of relevant educational credentials, and copies of recent work permits in Canada (if you have been working in Canada before).
If you meet the eligibility requirements for these programs, the next step is to apply.