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Quebec launches new system to select immigrants
by René Bruemmer, Montreal Gazette
Quebec Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette officially launched his government’s new immigration selection system Thursday that he promised would drastically reduce wait times for prospective newcomers to the province and better fill the needs of employers suffering a labour shortage in the province.
The switch to a new system called Arrima, already in use in other provinces, has been controversial because the Coalition Avenir Québec government passed legislation that shredded 18,000 existing immigration application files involving about 50,000 people, in order to institute it.
The province’s controversial new immigration reform legislation, Bill 9, was voted into law on June 16 after a marathon nighttime debate and under the threat of closure, with all opposition parties voting against it. Quebec Chambers of Commerce and employers groups have applauded it, however, saying it will expedite the hiring process.
At a press conference Wednesday, Jolin-Barrette said the new system represents “a major turning point” in the immigration selection process in Quebec, one that will better match the needs of employers throughout the province and will shorten the waiting time for prospective immigrants awaiting permission to work in the province from three years down to six months.
The government will prioritize 3,700 individuals among the 18,000 who had already requested a permanent Quebec Selection Certificate while they were in the process of immigrating. Those who have labour skills that respond to Quebec’s needs will be selected, he said.
From now on, those wishing to immigrate to Quebec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program must go through Arrima, an online portal. Applicants must fill out an expression of interest form, with information about their training, education, language skills and work experience. This part of the process is free. The ministry will review the base of applicants, and issue invitations based on labour market needs in different regions of the province. Those selected can submit an official immigration application and pay the fees. Applicants will be evaluated using a selection grid that takes into account work experience, language knowledge and education, among other factors.
Once their request for permanent selection is submitted, candidates will face a six-month wait time to find out if they have been selected or not, Jolin-Barrette said. Under the previous system, based on a first-come, first-served basis as opposed to employment needs of the province, wait times could stretch to three years.
The new system will also allow employers to see candidates’ submissions and contact them via email to offer them employment, improving their chance for permanent residency. This option will be available in early 2020, Jolin-Barrette said.
Members of Quebec and Montreal’s chamber of commerce as well as the Conseil du patronat, Quebec’s largest employers group, welcomed the new system, saying it would help speed up hiring to fill roughly 120,000 empty positions in the province. They also called on the government to increase immigration numbers, which the CAQ has pledged to do in the future, after it cut the number from 50,000 a year to 40,000.
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René Bruemmer, Montreal Gazette | June 27, 2019 at 1:05 pm | Tags: bill 9, jolin-barrette, Quebec, quebec immigration
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5h agoOman said on Wednesday it was planning to open a new diplomatic mission in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and that a delegation from its foreign ministry would go to Ramallah for that purpose.
Ohh my gd look at what is talking under Gaza cesspool of corruption
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