The Quebec government approved the settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of former Quebec Skilled Worker Program candidates against Quebec’s Immigration Ministry. The class-action demanded compensation for Quebec Skilled Worker Program applicants who paid the application fee for Quebec Selection Certificate but were later disqualified by changes to the province's selection criteria that came into effect on August 1, 2013, and March 8, 2017.
The lawsuit assumed that the Immigration Ministry and the Government of Quebec were "unjustly enriched, committed a fault and acted in bad faith by refusing to offer to reimburse the application fees," notice was published on the ministry's website reads.
The settlement was approved last month however the class action was authorized by the Superior Court of Quebec in February 2018.
There are different groups under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program who are now eligible for compensation:
Group one consists of those individuals who have filed CSQ application between February 1, 2012, and May 2013 and whose CSQ application contained an immigration form A-1520-AA or A-1520 AF indicating that their CSQ application would be processed by the regulations in force at the time. Group one will get 50 percent of the fees for his/her CSQ application.
Group two consists of those individuals whose application for a CSQ was filed before February 1, 2012, or between June 1, 2013, and July 7, 2013, and whose CSQ application was refused subsequent entry into force of the selection grid on August 1, 2013. Group two will get 25 percent of the fees for his/her CSQ application.
Group three consists of individuals whose application for a CSQ was filed between July 8, 2013, and March 2017 and whose CSQ application was refused on March 8, 2017. Group three will get 25 percent of the fees for his/her CSQ application.
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