Quebec to Continue Processing Skilled Worker Program Applications
Following the order of a Quebec Judge on Monday, the province is to continue processing skilled worker program applications. This is after the request made by the AQAADI (Quebec Immigration Lawyers Association) who stated that the sudden plan to terminate 18,000 skilled worker applications will put the applicants in a devastating situation.
The Government of Quebec earlier this February announced that it is about to terminate the backlog of 18,000 Skilled Worker Program Applications. All applications submitted prior to 2nd August 2018 will not be considered anymore was the decision. The government stated that all individuals whose applications are being terminated should apply under the newly introduced Quebec Expression of Interest System.
This decision made by the Coalition Avenir Quebec Government was not welcomed by the applicants and the Quebec Immigration Lawyers Association made an injunction request in the name of Seeun Park, a nurse from South Korea who was affected by the decision made by the government, which led to the 10-day temporary injunction by Justice Frédéric Bachand.
AQAADI referred to the situation as urgent and stated that terminating 18,000 applications would affect the lives of thousands & thousands of dependants and not to mention the wide criticism the decision has gained by the applicants and it should be noted that some of the individuals were already living & working in Quebec.
This decision has brought a bit of relief among the people who currently reside in Quebec either on a temporary work visa or a student visa. It is expected that Quebec will be issuing a selection certificate to those in the pool in the near future.
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