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Quebec To Eliminate 18,000 Skilled Worker Program Applications Backlog

Sat, Feb 09 2019

Quebec To Eliminate 18,000 Skilled Worker Program Applications Backlog

The province of Quebec is eliminating outstanding applications for Quebec Skilled Worker Program. The applications submitted prior to August 2, 2018 are eliminated. This means that applications submitted before this date that are yet to be approved, refused or rejected will clear the current backlog of around 18,000 applications and refund the government processing fee.

Discarding off backlog of Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) is one of numerous proposals under new immigration bill tabled Thursday, February 7, by Quebec’s new Coalition Avenir Quebec Government.

The other proposal includes the introductory changes to Quebec Immigration Act that emphasize an immigrant’s “responsibility” to learn Quebec values and French. The goal of bringing about the changes is to ensure that immigrants to Quebec are better integrated and therefore better equipped to succeed in Quebec labour market.

Quebec Immigrants must match according to the Actual labour needs

Quebec Immigration Minister, Simon Jolin Barette said eliminating the QSWP backlog is essential to this effort. By doing this, the ministry would be able to tailor immigration to actual labour needs in a better way and will cut application processing times from 36 months to six.

The Minister noted that the backlogged applications were submitted when the QSWP operated on a first-come, first-served basis which he said was not in touch with Quebec’s workforce needs. This approach was no longer in use when Quebec shifted the application process to more merit focused Expression of Interest model.

Under this approach, foreign workers register a profile with Quebec’s Immigration Ministry (MDI) that mentions their education, training, work experience and language abilities.  MDI then invited applicants to apply for a Quebec’s Selection Certificate based on a variety of considerations including labour needs in outlying regions of the province where worker shortages are more acute.

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