HCCP and HSWP Immigration Programs

What is a Caregiver Program?

Launched in year 2019, IRCC started two well known Pilot Programs as HCCP (Home Child Care Pilot) and HSWP (Home Support Worker Pilot) and since it has started, there has been an exponential spike in Caregiver applications. These programs are direct entry to become Permanent Resident of Canada. These programs are outlined as Pilot for 5 years ending in Year 2024.

What are the minimum requirements?

There are 4 major requirements in this program which each applicant has to fulfill in order to get an approval. These may look less in number however each requirement should be fulfilled and the Visa Officer should be satisfied with your documents and representation of application.

Those applicants who have zero experience will get 3 years Occupation Restricted Open Work Permit

(For Inside Canada applications only) Those applicants who have minimum 2 years of work experience will be approved a Permanent Residents

What if the applicant has a dependent (family)?

These pilot programs are designed to include the family members of the applicant. Which means, spouse of the primary applicant will get Open Work Permit and children will get Study Visa approved as dependent. Once the primary applicant completes 2 years of work experience, IRCC will consider the applicant (including family) for Permanent Residency. If the application is correct, whole family will be approved.

Which Visa Office is Processing?

CPC-E (Case Processing Centre – Edmonton) has been assigned as the Visa Office to process these applications. There is a limit to process 5,500 applications each year making a limit of accepting 2,750 applications per program. CPC-E has been returning applications received after the limit.

When will these Pilots re-open to accept new applications?

These Pilots open on Jan 1 every year to accept newer applications. Since 2019, HCCP reaches its limit every year however a very less number of applications are received in HSWP. This can be understood by looking at the following count of applications for year 2021:

What is the mode of application submission?

HCCP and HSWP both started as paper based applications however recently HSWP specifically has been moved to Online Portal.

Here is the Link to apply HSWP online

How much Immigration Fee to be paid?

Since these programs are direct route to Permanent Resident, the fee is split between Work permit and PR application. Every applicant should pay full fee to avoid delays. The details are:

Permanent Residence Fee

Applicant Type Details Amount in CAD
Primary Applicant
PR Processing Fee
$550.00
Primary Applicant
Permanent Residence Fee
$500.00
Dependent (Spouse)
PR Processing Fee
$550.00
Dependent (Spouse)
Permanent Residence Fee
$500.00
Dependent (Child) Under age of 22
Child Fee
$150.00 (per child)

Temporary Residence Fee

Applicant Type Details Amount in CAD
Primary Applicant
Work Permit Fee
$155.00
Primary Applicant
Open Work Permit Fee
$100.00
Dependent (Spouse)
Work Permit Fee
$155.00
Dependent (Spouse)
Open Work Permit Fee
$100.00
Dependent (Child) Under age of 22
Student Visa Fee
$150.00 (per child)

Biometrics Fee

Applicant Type Details Amount in CAD
Single Applicant
Biometrics Fee
$85.00
Family (2 or more)
Biometrics Fee
$170.00

What is the processing time?

The standard processing time for these pilots is 12 months from the day of application received by CPC – Edmonton. However, its not true looking at past 3 years (including 2021). There have been many approvals received but with a lot of delays.