Foreign caregivers will no longer have to leave their families behind and will be pre-approved for permanent residency in Canada, under two new pilot programs announced by the federal government Saturday.

The government will now assess caregivers for permanent residency before they are allowed to come to Canada — as opposed to having them apply after two years of working here — and if approved, they will receive an occupation-specific work permit that will allow them to change employers without having to apply for another permit.

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