On March 21, 2012 the Ministry of Quebec made a decision that will impact many Quebec candidates. Immigration will be limited to a certain number of professions, and to persons who have studied or worked in Canada for one year. Many details and changes that are implied are not made public yet, but here is what we should be expecting.
Under the Skilled Worker category there will be no limit of applications for the following candidates:
– Who have worked in Quebec for one year or who are currently working with a work permit valid for at least one year. Probably this category will exclude those who applied for refugee status or for humanitarian and compassionate grounds
– Who have obtained a Quebec diploma (generally of minimum one year) or who are currently studying a program of minimum one year
– Who are in Quebec on a Working Holiday permit
– Who have a profession that gives 12 or 16 points for the field of studies
– Whose profession gives 6 points
– Who hold a permanent job offer
– Who have a special authorization from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to apply for permanent residence inside
– Who are temporarily in Quebec and used to be citizens before
– Who have obtained a Quebec diploma of a minimum of one year
The program will be closed for everyone else until further notice.
There is a limit of 2700 applications for investors, 215 for entrepreneurs and self-employed persons. These categories are currently closed until July 31, 2013.
This news is like a cold shower for those who are not part of the above mentioned categories and where about to apply. In December the language tests were made mandatory. Few months after that, candidates who were trying hard to pass the examinations in order to be able to apply, found out that the translations were mandatory too and that notarized copies are not accepted anymore for some documents. And today we find out that Quebec, who used to be the most opened province to immigration, closes some doors.
This means that those who are really motivated have to adapt. Studying (in Quebec or the country of residence) or obtaining a job offer may be the only way for those who are not eligible anymore.
These changes are in force until July 31, 2013.