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A group of immigration lawyers seeks a court order for delaying the dismissal of applications of 18,000 Skilled Worker in Quebec. The aim is to force the government in Quebec to continue with the process of backlog applications to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. The provincial government proposes terminating the backlog of 18,000 pending applications in the legislation Bill 9 brought on February 7. The legislation, says that the termination order will take an effect immediately.

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Moreover, the Association québécoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l’immigration- AQAADI  filed the injunction. Furthermore, in its opinion the proposal is illegal and would have a disturbing effect on the applicants. It impacts on the ability of individuals, who are engaged in the process. Moreover many are in the final stage of selection, and close to realizing their plans for beginning a new life. It further argues that Immigration Minister can only issue decisions regarding the pending applications. He moreover, has no discretionary authority for refusing this act. Additionally, the body is asking the Superior Court to issue an order to the government for continuing with the processing of applications. They process of issuing the Quebec Selection Certificate should go on at the usual pace till the legislation has the approval of the Quebec National Assembly.

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The Government of Quebec must issue a CSQ before a candidate in QSWP can apply and seek permanent residence. The request also mentions that every day, many applications seeking the CSQ that normally pass the process stage are not passing now. There is urgency to the situation. Each application concerns the applicant, as well as their spouse and children. Moreover, behind These 18,000 applications there are thousands of individuals. The CAQ government proposal was criticized to be unfair because many applicants have invested a lot of time and are waiting for a decision regarding their file. Furthermore many of them already live, study and work in Quebec as temporary residents. The government has also issued a guideline that these applicants will have to create a profile in the new online EOI system, of the province.

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The applications which the government wants to get rid of were submitted when the Program was accepting the applications based on paper as per the timing of arrival basis. While introducing the legislation Simon Jolin-Barrette, Immigration Minister, Quebec said that the EOI system is a suited the province better. This was a measure to select skilled workers to overcome the labor shortages in the province. Dismissing the backlog of applications was necessary because the government intended to focus on selecting candidates by using the EOI pool. Furthermore it will reduce the processing time to six months.

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