Source: Canada caring for caregivers: Assessing genuineness of the job offer is part of the process | Canadian Immigrant | NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019 |
“On June 18, 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) revamped its caregiver programs.
Gone was the requirement that employers first obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment and that caregivers work in Canada without their families for at least two years before they could apply for permanent residency. Instead, caregivers can immediately apply for permanent residency if they have a job offer
or Canadian work experience in an eligible caregiver occupation and if they meet minimum education and language proficiency requirements and come to Canada with their families right away. The new caregiver programs have existed for about four months now and it is too early to determine whether they have been a success. An issue that has arisen, however, is that of employers and applicants demonstrating that their job offers are genuine.
How the new caregiver programs work
Canada now has two caregiver programs. The first is the Home Child Care Provider Pilot. The second is the Home Support Worker Pilot.
A maximum of 2,750 applications are accepted per year under each stream. In both programs, applicants must demonstrate through standardized language testing that they have Initial Intermediate English or French ability, also known as Canadian Language Benchmark 5, and also that they have at least a one year post secondary credential. Applicants must also show that they have two years of full-time Canadian work experience as a Home Child Care Provider or a Home Support Worker, depending on the pilot. Applicants with less than two years of experience must show that they have a valid job offer as either a Home Child Care Provider or a Home Support Worker and that they will be able to perform the terms of their job offer in Canada. If they do, then the permanent residence application is put on hold and the applicant is issued an occupation restricted open work permit. They then have three years to obtain 24 months of Canadian experience in their occupation. A valid job offer must be for full-time employment from a single Canadian employer outside of Quebec in a home child-care provider or home support worker occupation.
In order to preserve program integrity, IRCC has posted guidelines and instructions for determining whether a job offer is genuine.
Proof that a job offer is valid and genuine may include but is not limited to a genuine need by the employer for a caregiver (for example, proof of a child or a person with medical needs), whether the job pays the prevailing wage, whether the employer has the financial ability to pay the wages specified in the job offer, and, if the caregiver will be living at the employer’s residence, whether reasonable accommodations are provided.”