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Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway

The Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway allows foreign nationals with at least 24 months of Canadian work experience as a medical support caregiver (NOC 3012, 3233, 3413, or 4412) to apply for permanent residence.

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Important Information

This program is set to expire on November 29th, 2019. The pathway will be replaced by the new Home Support Worker pilot.

This program is aligned with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Eligible foreign nationals may be able to apply through the TFWP to obtain Canadian work permits if they have an LMIA-supported job offer from a Canadian employer.

Eligibility Requirements

Interested applicants must meet the requirements listed below and must plan to live outside of the province of Quebec.


Work Experience

Must have at least 24 months of full-time work experience in Canada in one of the following occupations:

  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012)
  • Licensed practice nurses (NOC 3233)
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (3413)
  • Home support workers and related occupations (4412)
    • Note: Housekeepers are not eligible under NOC 4412

Breaks in employment are accepted. Any work experience gained during a period of full-time study is not eligible.


Employment Requirements

Applicants must meet the requirements of their occupation. This includes education, training, language proficiency, and other qualifications set out in the NOC job description.

Those applying under NOC 3012 or NOC 3233 must provide proof that they are licensed to practice in Canada and are registered with their provincial regulatory body at the time of application.


Language Proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French. The language proficiency requirement varies based on NOC code.

For those applying under NOC 3012: Applicants must submit results from an official language test taken less than two years prior showing proficiency at CLB Level 7.

For those applying under NOC 3233, 3413, or 4412: Applicants must submit results from an official language test taken less than two years prior showing proficiency at CLB Level 5.



You must have an educational credential equivalent to a Canadian post-secondary credential of at least one year. If the credential was completed outside of a Canada, the applicant will require an Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA).

If your occupation requires training in addition to a one-year post-secondary credential, this requirement must be included in the application.

Application Procedure

The Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway uses a paper-based application system. This means that all forms and documents must be printed, signed, and submit in hard copy by mail. Please refer to the IRCC official webpage to download the application form and document checklist.

In order to be considered complete, an application must include the following:

  • Required application and forms (signed where necessary)
  • Fee payment receipt
  • All supporting documents

Certain applicants will require medical exams, police certificates, educational credentials assessment (ECA), and/or biometrics. If in doubt, contact an immigration professional to advise on your application.

Once you are confident your application is complete, you must mail it to IRCC’s Case Processing Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

Processing times for the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Pathway are listed at 6 months.

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