The widely-used program allows applicants to come to Canada to work either as a home child care provider with a Canadian family or as a caregiver for people with high medical needs and become eligible to apply within Canada for permanent residence after 2 years of employment in Canada. Once granted, caregivers are given the opportunity to work for a Canadian family for up to 4 years and 3 months.

Caregivers are individuals who are qualified to provide care for children, and people with high medical needs, for example, elderly persons or persons with disabilities without supervision.

Caregiver Work Visa Basic Requirements

A Caregiver Work Visa allows applicants who meet the requirements detailed below with the equivalent of a Canadian 1 year Post-Secondary Credential Visa, at least 6 months of training, or at least 12 months of work experience to file an application. CIC has established 2 pathways to permanent residency for caregivers who are either; caregivers for children or caregivers for people with high medical needs.

Applicants require:
  • A job confirmation letter from a Canadian employer in a designated occupation;
  • A written contract with the future employer including certain mandatory provisions; Successful completion of the equivalent of a 1-year post-secondary Canadian credential; and
  • Meets the educational and employment requirements or the designated occupation.

Designated occupations can include either a: Home Child Care Provider, Registered Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Nurse’s Aide, Orderly, Patient Service Associate, Home Support Worker, or related occupation. In addition, they must have a good command of either English or French. Training and experience in the areas of geriatric care, early childhood care, pediatric nursing, and first aid care are all considered useful.

Caregiver Work Visa Entitlements


Caregivers are allowed to live and work in Canada for up to 4 years. Once caregivers have accumulated at least 2 years of Canadian work experience, they can then apply for their Canadian permanent residence while working in Canada. They can also include immediate family members in their application for permanent resident status and obtain permanent resident status for the family members at the same time.