Quebec- the major Canadian province is in the news in view of passing controversial Bill 9 to officially cancel approximately 16,000 applications that were still pending under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Introduced in the month of February, this legislation has terminated those applications which were submitted before 2nd August 2018.
Before the National Assembly voted for Bill 9, due to the court s intervention and strict orders, pending applications of around 18,000 were still in process and around 2000 application was even processed temporary, out of which total 258 applications were approved as well.
Passed by a vote of 62 to 42, the goal of this legislation is to ensure that immigrants coming to Quebec are better equipped and integrated to be successful in Quebec’s labour market.
A statement was also issued by Quebec’s Immigration Minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, i.e. “We are changing the immigration system in the public interest because we have to make sure that we have immigration that is tied to the needs of the labour market."
Barrette has also stated that canceling the backlogged applications representing approximately 50,000 applicants and their families is a big step taken to switch the manual process of QSWP to an online EOI (Expression of Interest) system.
The applications in doubt will be operated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, which, according to Barrette was not fulfilling the needs of employers in Quebec. While this newly introduced online system helps Quebec employers select candidates on the basis of the details provided in their EOI and submitted electronically via an Arrima portal, including education, work experience, training, language abilities, etc.
Then those candidates get ITAs from Quebec’s Immigration Ministry to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate as per the labour needs in the province s regions where there are acute worker shortages.
If we go by Jolin-Barrette s statement, " Expression of Interest system is a better fit for the government’s efforts to tailor the selection of skilled workers in order to address these shortages. Those whose applications have been canceled can submit an Expression of Interest"
Stéphane Forget, the President, and CEO of Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce, the FCCQ has also said that "the government’s efforts to align immigration with the needs of Quebec employers will have a very important impact. The concerted efforts of the government will lead to a better link between the skills of immigrants and those required by Quebec companies."
While as per Quebec Association of Immigration Lawyers President, calls it as “absolutely devastating” for the applications who are now cancelled. He said, “Some of them have been waiting three, four, five years or more.
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