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Quebec Government Passes Controversial Bill 9: 18,000 Backlogged Applications to be Terminated

Quebec passes legislation cancelling thousands of pending skilled worker applications


Quebec National Assembly passed legislation that will allow a backlog of 18,000
immigration applications to be terminated. This ruling is part of the
controversial Bill 9, a piece of proposed legislation tabled by the Quebec
government earlier this year.

Bill 9 gives greater control to the Quebec government in determining who is
accepted into the province and the means through which they will integrate into
the province. Among others, the Bill includes the introduction of a Quebec
values and French language test for newcomers.

The result of Bill 9 includes the cancellation of a backlog of 18,000
existing applications for the popular Quebec Skilled Worker program. The
cancellation will affect those who submitted applications between 2005 and
August 2018, impacting up to 45,000 people currently awaiting an immigration

The realities of the passing of Bill 9 are still uncertain. We can expect to
learn more in the coming weeks. To stay up to date with Quebec’s immigration
changes as they occur.

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