Before leaving for a long weekend held in much of Canada, the immigration Minister decided to try to calm the waters in relation to a controversy that was formed a few days ago.
Minister Ahmed Hussen sent a statement last Friday, clarifying that the immigration program for Family Assistance (caregivers) will not be eliminated.
On the ministry’s website, an announcement appeared at the beginning of the month stating that those who did not qualify for this program before May 2019 may not apply for permanent residency.
The Minister clarified that the situation is different from what it appears to be.
Let us be clear: there is and there will always be a way to permanent residence for caregivers. Our government will not eliminate the opportunities for these people to become permanent residents,
The caregivers program allows people specializing in the care of children or adults who require some medical care, to come to Canada with a temporary visa and then apply for permanent residency.
The country’s immigration policy officer explained that the announcement that appeared on the website is related to two pilot programs that are part of the caregivers program.
“As is often the case with all pilot programs, we will be conducting a review process to decide whether or not to extend these projects,” the minister said.
Until now almost 2,000 people have obtained permanent residency through these pilot programs, which are destined to caregivers for children or people with great medical needs. The approval rate is around 95%.
The Minister also explained that one of the goals for this year is to reduce the number of applications waiting, trying to process as much as possible before announcing major changes to these programs.
According to the figures published by the Federal government, in 2015 more than 27,000 people obtained permanent residency through family aid programmes, while in 2016 the figure was more than 18,000.