Immigration program for nannies and caregivers to Canada 2021


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Thanks to the new “pilot” immigration programs, Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot, nannies and caregivers are able to immigrate with their families (spouses and children)
5,500 files will be accepted per year (2,750 nannies and 2,750 nurses each). File review time: up to 12 months.


Benefits of the Nanny / Caregiver Program in Canada

  • Open work permit tied to the profession (nanny / nurse), but not to a specific employer. This allows the nanny / caregiver to change jobs quickly if needed.
  • An open work permit for a spouse and a study permit for children and the ability to come to Canada with the whole family.
  • The immigration file is submitted along with the application for a work visa. After working in Canada for 2 years, a nanny / caregiver can immigrate without leaving Canada.

Basic requirements for candidates (nanny / caregiver)

  • proficiency in English at level 5 according to CLB
  • at least 1 year of post-secondary education (university / college)
  • job offer from a Canadian employer
  • no criminal record and the ability to take a police clearance certificate
  • evidence that the applicant is capable of performing the proposed job. Professional diplomas and / or proof of work in a specialty can be used as such evidence.


  • Applicant fills in forms for one of two Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot programs.
  • The applicant fills out the work permit application along with the permanent residence application.
  • If the Applicant meets the requirements, he receives a temporary work permit in Canada. Family members are also eligible to travel to Canada with a work visa (spouses) or student visa (children). If family members want to work or study in Canada, you can include their work or study permit applications in your file.
  • The applicant receives an occupation-restricted open work permit, which allows him to work for any employer. This permission is occupation-restricted. This means that the applicant can work for any employer, but with reference to a specific specialty (nanny or nurse).
  • The applicant must have worked for at least 24 months in Canada to go through immigration and obtain a permanent residence.

Job offer requirements

An applicant is eligible to apply for a Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot if they have a job offer that meets the following criteria

  • a genuine and valid job offer (valid job offer); the employer will have to prove that a caregiver / nanny is really needed

English Proficiency Requirements for Nanny / Caregiver Programs in Canada

  • The applicant must pass a language test (IELTS General or CELPIP General) to prove that he meets the requirements for language skills: Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English. The minimum level of English proficiency is CLB 5 in all four language skills (writing, reading, listening, speaking). At the time of application, the test results must be valid (less than 2 years from the date of the test).

Education requirements

  • Certificate of post-secondary education in Canada for at least 1 year. If the applicant does not have a Canadian degree, you will need to have your education assessed against Canadian standards (Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)).

What it looks like to submit an application

Step 1. Receive a valid job offer before submitting your application. Your employer must provide you with a completed Offer of Employment IMM 5983 for you to sign and include on your application.
Step 2. Prepare the necessary documents (language proficiency test, proof of Canadian work experience, proof of education level, no criminal record, etc.)
Step 3. Complete all required forms on your computer. After successful validation of the forms, you will receive a page with a barcode. Print all forms, including barcode pages, sign and date all forms.

Step 4. Pay all fees. Print out a receipt for each of your payments and include all of your receipts in your application.
Step 5. Submit your application.

After applying:

  • If you need to provide biometric information, you will receive a biometric instruction letter (BIL).
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a letter stating that you are allowed to work in Canada.
    “Take this letter with you when you travel to Canada.
  • This letter is not a work permit, you will receive a work permit when you arrive in Canada.

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