Quebec government will ‘prioritize’ 3,700 applications
Quebec judge orders province to continue processing Skilled Worker Program applications
Earlier this week, Quebec’s superior court judge has ordered the government of the province to continue the processing of 18,000 backlogged applications and passed 10-day injunction for Bill 9.
On this, Quebec Premier François Legault addressed his government’s controversial move and said,
“The province will prioritize 3,700 applications from candidates already working in the province on temporary permits.”
He further added, “The candidates the CAQ wants to prioritize will still have to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through the province’s new Arrima Portal, which manages the pool of candidates for the QSWP, and said their Expressions of Interest will only be processed once Bill 9 is passed into law.”
The whole dispute got started when the Government of Quebec introduced Bill 9 for dismissing the backlog of 18,000 applications comes under Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). Quebec’s CAQ Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette said, “The new expression of the interest-based system is a better fit for the CAQ government’s efforts to tailor the selection of skilled workers to labour shortages in regions around the province.”
The association of Quebec immigration lawyers was not happy with the Government’s move and requested for the injunction in Quebec Superior Court.
Quebec’s Ombudsperson, Marie Rinfret said, “Each of the 14,300 overseas applicants who won’t be prioritized should have all application and language test fees refunded and receive a signed letter of apology from Quebec’s CAQ Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette.”
So on the one hand, some believe Bill 9 or dismissing the backlog is essential to fasten the processing time and to have more skilled immigrants in the province. Whereas, on the other, some condemned the CAQ government’s disregard for the applications, come under QSWP.
What do you think? Whom do you support?
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