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Quebec to Axe the backlog of outstanding QSWP applications- Emphasizes on New Criteria

Posted - 13, Feb 2019

The Quebec government is planning to remove the backlog of outstanding applications received for Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) before August 2, 2018. The idea is to enhance the processing time and other criteria to match the specific labour market requirements. A new immigration bill tabled on February 7, 2019, by the new Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government of the province, which includes the proposal for terminating the outstanding backlog of QSWP applications.

Government plans to cancel the backlog of applications

The new plan recommends the cancellation of 18,000 applications on which decisions is yet to be taken, i.e. approval or rejection, etc. It also suggests to refund the government processing fees accepted for the applications. Apart from the other proposals, the new legislation also introduces changes to Quebec's Immigration Act that put emphasis an immigrant's "responsibility" to learn French language as well as the Quebec values. The Quebec government also revealed the possibility of imposing conditions on permanent residence - a move that could land the province in court.

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As per the government the proposals being revealed wants to make certain that the immigrants to in the province of Quebec are better gelled and established in the province and for this to happen they should be better equipped to succeed in Quebec's labour market.

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Immigrants to be selected as per the labour needs of province

As per the Immigration Minister of the Quebec province, Simon Jolin-Barrette, removal of QSWP backlog is key to the effort of reducing the processing time of the applications as well as streamlining the program criteria in accordance with labour market demands of the province of Quebec. As per him, this step would allow the concerned ministry to better tailor immigration to actual labour needs in the province through the QSWP and cut application processing times from 36 months to six.

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He mentioned that the backlogged applications were submitted when the QSWP was based on the first-come, first-served basis, which he said was not matching with Quebec's workforce requirements.

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If you are also one of the QSWP applicants seeking permanent residency in Canada, you don't need to get disheartened as there are several alternate pathways to apply and obtain Canadian PR visa.

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Express Entry remains the prime point based online immigration system that accept thousands of EOI (Expression of Interests) every year. The EE system has become more flexible over the years for the applicants with bonus points being allocated to applicants and qualifying marks have also reduced drastically in last few years.

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), i.e. OINP, SINP, NSNP, AINP, etc. also provide the relatively easy pathway to get permanent residency in Canada through provincial nomination. The PNPs also have relaxed process requirements. You may coordinate with a top and trusted Visa consultant for Canada to choose the right immigration program to apply and obtain Canadian PR visa this year. Visas Avenue Immigration is one of the best Immigration consultants in India for Canada immigration and PR process.

You may call Visas Avenue migration experts on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Moreover, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently, receive a call from the expert, you may fill the free assessment form.

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