In the recent on-going battle of Quebec pending skilled worker program applications, the superior court judge has ordered the provincial government to continue processing a backlog of around 18,000 pending applications to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program that the government was planning to cancel.
The ruling came from Frederic Bachand who granted a 10-day temporary injunction in response to arguments by an immigration lawyers group that the motion to dismiss the backlog was "completely illegal" and would have "devastating" consequences for affected applicants.
The legislation said that the termination order should come into effect immediately.
“This is great news for Quebec Society,” said Guillaume Cliché-Rivard, president of the Association.
The injunction request was made by AQAADI in the name of Seeun Park, a South Korean nurse whose application to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) was one of those affected by the government’s move.
A CSQ must be granted by the Government of Quebec before a Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) candidate can apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.
AQAADI’s injunction request called the situation “urgent” and noted that 18,000 applications represent tens of thousands of individuals.
The government says affected applicants will have to create a profile using the province’s new online Expression of Interest system which was introduced last August to manage the pool of candidates for the QSWP.
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