Based on a decision published in the Official Gazette on June 29, 2012, the suspension of the receipt of certain applications for a Quebec Selection Certificate is now in force, with slight changes to the new regulations published in March of this year.
As we wrote in one of our previous posts, on March 21 the Quebec government published a decision regarding the maximum number of applications that some skilled worker candidates will be allowed to submit between March 21, 2012 and March 31, 2013. This decision was taken pending adoption by the National Assembly of Québec, retroactive to 20 March 2012 in case of approval. Since this date all the applications for a Quebec Selection Certificate were processed based on the new regulations, even though the approval was still pending.
To date we are still waiting for the answer of the National Assembly, and because the bill analysis wasn’t completed yet, the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, with government’s approval, has published a provision to the Quebec immigration law on June 29, in order to reduce the inventory of old applications and decrease the processing times.
Receipt of economic immigration applications
Investors: No applications will be received in the period April 14, 2012 – March 31, 2013
Entrepreneurs and self-employed persons: No applications will be received in the period June 30, 2012 – March 31, 2013
Quebec Skilled Workers: only the candidates described below can apply before March 31, 2013. The criteria described below are summarized, please consult with us to determine whether you are elegible under one of those categories:
- temporary workers who qualify for the Quebec experience class, i.e. with a minimum of one year, full-time, skilled working experience in Quebec within the past 24 months
- persons who hold or are about to obtain a Quebec diploma qualifying under the Quebec experience class
- students who hold a study permit valid for at least one year, are applying in Quebec, and comply with the requirements of the regular immigration program (i.e. obtain a sufficient number of points).
- temporary residents in Quebec under a youth exchange program (for example the Working Holiday Visa), who are working full-time and applying in Quebec, and who comply with the requirements of the regular immigration program.
- candidates who hold (themselves or their spouse/common-law partner) a diploma granting 6 points for the field of studies criteria, or 12 or 16 points, and comply with the requirements of the regular immigration program
- candidates who hold (themselves or their spouses/common-law partners) a permanent, validated job offer from a Quebec employer
- candidates who have a letter from CIC authorizing them to apply for permanent residence inside Canada
- former Canadian citizens residing in Quebec
Basically the difference between the regulations in force since March is that the maximum number of applications for candidates who hold a 6 points diploma was removed. There was a maximum of 14,300 applications to be accepted for this category, which put a certain level of pressure on persons who needed some time before applying, for example in order to obtain a certain level of French, pass a language exam, give birth to a child, get married, obtain a diploma, gain more work experience, etc.
Many people are wondering what will happen after March 31, 2013. Probably there will be new changes in the regulations, based on the outcome of the new measures and most likely there will be modifications to the list of professions accepted, according to the skills needed in the labour market of the province.