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Quebec Cancels Outstanding 18,000 Applications in Skilled Worker Program

February 2019, 09
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The Quebec Government is moving to terminate pending applications in the Quebec Skilled Worker Program presented before Aug 2, 2018.

The proposal calls for canceling all appeals presented prior to the date that have still to be accepted, denied or rejected, finally clearing the current backlog of about 18,000 applications and the government is refunding the processing fee.

Excluding the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (Q.S.W.P) backlog is one of the many proposals received in a current immigration bill tabled on Feb 7, by the current government of Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ).

Among other criteria, the current legislation proposes modifications to Quebec’s Immigration Act that indicate an immigrant’s “responsibility” to discover values of Quebec and French.

The government of  CAQ also started the imposing requirements possibility on permanent residence — progress that could land Quebec in court.

The aim, the government declares, is assuring that immigrants to Quebec are better combined and accordingly better equipped to succeed in the labor market of Quebec.

Quebec Requires Immigrants According to Actual Labor Needs

Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec Immigration Minister, told excluding the Q.S.W.P backlog is crucial to this effort.

Doing so, he told, would enable his ministry to greater tailor immigration to genuine labor needs in the Quebec province by the Q.S.W.P and cut processing times of application from 36 months to 06.

He recorded that the backlogged appeals were presented when the Q.S.W.P run on a first-come, first served basis, which he told was not in touch with the needs of Quebec’s workforce.

This strategy changed in Aug 2018, when Quebec changed the application process to a higher merit-focused model of Expression of Interest.

Under this strategy, international workers disclose a profile with the Immigration Ministry of Quebec (M.I.D.I) that details their training,  education, work experience, and language proficiency.

Jolin-Barrette told the system of Expression of Interest is an excellent fit for the government’s attempts to tailor the skilled workers' selection to address these deficits.

People affected by the change to cancel pending appeals submitted below the old first-come, the first-served model are able to re-apply by the current Expression of Interest system.

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