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Could Quebec’s immigration announcement drive up the CRS score?

On February 7th, the province of Quebec announced a proposal to terminate a backlog of 18,000 immigration applications through the popular Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) program. With so many cancelled applications, it is possible that these hopeful newcomers will turn to the Express Entry system instead. The question emerges: How could this affect the CRS score required to receive an ITA?

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What happened in Quebec?

On February 7th, the Quebec government tabled a new bill, Bill 9, that proposes changes to the Quebec Immigration Act. One of the most significant changes would result in the cancellation of a backlog of more than 18,000 applications currently being processed for the QSW program. This would affect all QSW applicants who submitted applications between 2005 and August 2018 who have not yet received a decision.

If Bill 9 is accepted into law, it means all 18,000 applicants will have to reapply for Canadian immigration. The applicants will have to determine if they are still eligible for Quebec Skilled Worker or if another pathway to immigration might be more effective.

How could this affect the CRS score?

With 18,000 cancelled applications in Quebec, it is possible that many of these applicants may turn to the Express Entry system as an alternative to QSW. Many QSW applicants already have been living in Canada, gaining valuable Canadian work experience, education, and French-language proficiency, all of which give applicants higher CRS scores in the Express Entry system.

If a high number of the terminated QSW applicants choose to reapply through Express Entry, their competitive CRS scores could easily drive up the minimum CRS score required to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. This means that those interested in immigrating to Canada would be smart to try to get their Express Entry profiles created as soon as possible, to avoid the increased CRS score that could be caused by the QSW backlog termination.

Of course, Bill 9 has not yet been adopted into law. Only time will tell if the Quebec government chooses to enact this legislation and terminate the QSW backlog.

What should you do if you want to immigrate to Canada?

Based on Bill 9, there are some actions you should take if you’re considering Canadian immigration.

For Express Entry hopefuls: If you are planning to immigrate through Express Entry, you should try to get your Express Entry profile created as soon as possible. This way you can avoid the possible CRS score increase caused by Quebec’s decision.

For QSW applicants: You should determine if your application could be affected if this decision comes into law. If your application will be terminated, you should consider your options. Are you still eligible for QSW? Are you eligible for Express Entry? The simplest way to get immigration advice is to complete our free assessment.

To find out if you are eligible for Express Entry immigration, simply complete our free assessment. A member of the Canadim Team will review your eligibility and will contact you to discuss your options!

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