• Québec to Cap Permanent Residence Programs, Toughen Language Standards
  • July 18, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Québec is introducing a new cap on the number of permanent residence applications it will accept under the skilled worker, investor and businesspeople programs. It is also increasing language competency requirements for each program, and raising application fees for the investor program. These changes will apply between August 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

    The skilled worker program will be capped at 20,000. The cap will not apply to applications under the Québec Experience Class, which will receive processing priority over other cases. Also exempt from the cap will be applicants with firm offers of employment, cases in which Citizenship and Immigration Canada has already decided to process the permanent residence application, and temporary Québec residents who are eligible to apply for permanent residence. Advanced intermediate level skills in French will become the minimum language threshold for both the skilled worker program and the Québec Experience Class.

    The investor program will be capped at 1,750, with a maximum of 1,200 applications accepted per country. The cap will not apply to applicants with advanced intermediate French language skills. The application fee for the program will be CAD 10,000, which will cover the principal applicant and his or her dependents.

    The permanent residence programs for businesspeople and self-employed workers will be capped at 500. Advanced intermediate level skills in French will become the minimum language threshold for both programs. The threshold will apply to principal applicants only under the entrepreneur program and to principal applicants and their spouses under the self-employed worker program.