Caregiver Programs – Interim Pathway for Caregivers

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers is one of the temporary residence programs. If you are a foreign caregiver with experience in Canada, you are eligible to apply for permanent residency. We will discuss its requirements further. The purpose of this program is to give permanent residency to individuals with work experience in Canada as home child care providers or home support workers. They are no longer accepting new application in this programs and has introduced new pilot programs:

  • Home Child Care Provider Pilot
  • Home Support Worker Pilot

Eligibility and Requirements

If candidates want to be qualified for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers, they should meet many specific requirements to have work experience as a home support worker (NOC 4412) or home child care provider (NOC 4411) in Canada. Please refer to the below-given eligibility criteria for Caregiver Programs.

Status in Canada

A valid work permit is important if you want to extend your work permit, and waiting for a reply, or have already applied to restore your worker permit. If you have applied in one of the above-mentioned statuses and your application is refused then you are not eligible. If your current work permit was issued by a Live-in Caregiver Program, then you are not eligible for Interim Pathway for Caregivers.

Work Experience Eligibility

The candidate should have a minimum of one year of experience in Canada. The required work experience should be after November 30th, 2014, and in one of the two below mentioned occupations:

  • Home child care provider (NOC 4411)
  • Home support worker (NOC 4412)

You can have this experience in intervals, it’s alright if not continuous. If you are a full-time student and gained this experience then you are not eligible.

Language Proficiency

All of the candidates should provide proof of language proficiency in either French or English. Applicants should submit relevant test results from a valid institute. The test should be taken two years before proving proficiency at CLB Level 5.


The candidate should have education experience equal to a diploma from a Canadian high school. If the education credential was done outside Canada then an Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) is required.

Application Procedure for Interim Pathway for Caregivers

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers runs on a paper-based application system. In this system, all the documents and forms are printed, signed then submitted in hard copy via the mail system. You can use the IRCC official webpage to download the form and other documents checklist.

A complete application includes:

  • Required signed applications and forms
  • Receipts of Fee payments
  • Supporting documents files

Furthermore, the applicant will need educational credentials assessment (ECA), police certificates, medical exams, and biometrics confirmation. You can hire an immigration professional for assistance submitting and preparing the application or contact immigration.

Application Processing Time-Frame

If you are certain that the application is all set, you can mail it to IRCC’s Case Processing Centre located in Edmonton, Alberta. The applications of the Interim Pathway for Caregivers usually take about 12 months to process.