Quebec Premier Francois Legault addressed his government’s controversial move to release a backlog of 18,000 pending Quebec skilled worker program applications saying the province will prioritize 3,700 applications from candidates already working in the province on temporary permits.
The CAQ government was hit with a 10-day injunction earlier this week by a Quebec Superior Court judge who ordered the government to continue processing the backlogged applications.
The injunction was asked by the lawyers association to first issue decisions on the pending applications first. The CAQ government immediately asked for the termination of paper-based applications which were submitted prior to the introduction of an online expression of interest based selection process for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) last August.
The 18,000 applications represent around 45,000 people when spouses and dependent children are factored in, of whom 6,000 are already living in Quebec.
The other 14,300 overseas applicants who do not prioritize 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.
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