Come January 18, 2016 and it could be the last time the Canadian province of Quebec employs the old first-come, first-served Skilled Worker Scheme for overseas movement to the nation. Recently, on December 2, this year, the incumbent Quebec Immigration Minister proposed Bill 77, a fresh bill, to the province’s National assembly.
Reportedly, public hearings last winter discovered that overbearing, obscure structure of the province was not doing any favour and helping it remain rather competitive. Between 2009 and 2011, Quebec obtained nearly 100,000 immigration petitions, way above it could probably admit or duly process.
Kathleen Weil, the minister, stated that the bill comprises the first part of her restructuring. Competition is severe among immigration nations even as a question mark is being raised on the competitiveness and attractiveness of Quebec in the contest for premeditated talents.
Coming back to Bill 77, it--a piece of legislation basically improving the province’s 47-year-old immigration act--proposes improvements to the present immigration regulations. In case adopted, the draft law would make it achievable to apply a fresh immigration programme.
Despite the fact that the immigration Act of Quebec, adopted way back in 1968, has been subjected to several amendments, it has not been reformed till date even for once. The planned amendments would involve a move to a comparable method that New Zealand &Australia offer--one that engages an Expression of Interest (EoI).
Bill 77 asks that individuals, keen in moving to the province, fill out what is called a declaration of interest, to aid the administration form a bank of aspirants. The immigration body would then be accountable for picking up applicants best suited to the specific requirements of the province. The bill also grants the body to form fresh immigration pilot projects in the various areas throughout the province.
The bill would also make possible the carrying-out of pilot projects to positively address impermanent & permanent requirements, and confirm the province’s pledge to advance full involvement of guests in the Quebec world. Significantly, the province boasts of many immigration schemes even as it will be somewhat exciting to find the way the planned improvements would have an effect on these schemes.
For those who came in lat, the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), a well-liked, first come, first-served scheme, is one of the many immigration schemes of Quebec. A fruitful QSWP petition leads to an aspirant getting a Quebec selection certificate. It can afterwards be utilized with a view to trail the prized Permanent Residence (PR) in the nation.
It remains to be witnessed if or when the planned bill will eventually become law. At present, the province has not still adopted an EOI arrangement. Consequently, the 2015-2016 QSWP could be the last of its kind--a way to submit an application for, and get hold of PR in the nation on a first-come, first-served ground.
Reportedly, the coming application cycle for the QSWP becomes available on January 18, next year.