Draft regulation on three pilot programs and new intake rules for immigration applications 2020-2021
 
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Draft regulation on three pilot programs and new intake rules for immigration applications 2020-2021

October 28, 2020 – A draft regulation for the implementation of three new permanent immigration pilot programs as well as four ministerial orders regarding the rules on the intake of immigration applications from November 1, 2020 to November 1, 2021, were published on October 28, 2020, in the Gazette officielle du Québec.

Permanent immigration pilot programs

The purpose of the draft regulation is to implement three new permanent immigration pilot programs:

  • the pilot program for orderlies;
  • the pilot program for workers in the artificial intelligence (AI), information technologies (IT) and visual effects sectors;
  • the pilot program for workers in food processing (FP).

The draft regulation is published for 45 days. During this period, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Immigration (MIFI) will gather comments about the programs that are scheduled to come into effect at the beginning of 2021.

New application processing rules

These rules pertain to applications submitted by foreign nationals under the Entrepreneur Program and the Self-Employer Worker Program as well as undertaking applications submitted under the Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship).

Entrepreneur Program

The intake of permanent selection applications in Stream 2 of the program has been suspended until November 1, 2021. The maximum number of permanent selection applications that will be accepted under the Entrepreneur Program is 25 for the period from November 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, in Stream 1 of the program only. Applications exceeding this number will be returned to the candidates.

Entrepreneur candidates who submit a permanent selection application in Stream 1 of the program and who demonstrate advanced intermediate knowledge of French, that is, level 7 or 8 of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent are not subject to the rule on the maximum number of applications and can submit their application at any time between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021.

Self-Employed Worker Program

The maximum number of permanent selection applications that will be accepted under the Self-Employed Worker Program is 50 applications for the period from November 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021. Applications exceeding this number will be returned to the candidates.

Candidates who are self-employed workers who demonstrate advanced intermediate knowledge of French, that is, level 7 or 8 of the Échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes or its equivalent are not subject to the rule on the maximum number of applications and can submit their application at any time between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021.

Collective sponsorship

The maximum number of undertaking applications accepted for processing under the Program for Refugees Abroad (Collective sponsorship) is 750 for 2021.

The intake of undertaking applications has been suspended until November 1, 2021, for the following sponsor categories:

  • experienced organizations sponsoring only individuals who had to settle outside the Montréal Metropolitan Community;
  • other experienced organizations;
  • regular organizations sponsoring only individuals who had to settle outside the Montréal Metropolitan Community;
  • other regular organizations.

Groups of 2 to 5 individuals can submit an undertaking application from April 6, 2021 to May 5, 2021.  Applications must be submitted electronically. Among the admissible applications submitted, the minister will receive a maximum of 750 applications, randomly drawn under the supervision of an outside auditor and in the presence of witnesses.

These new rules will be in effect from November 1, 2020 to November 1, 2021.

For more information on application processing for the different immigration programs, consult the page Immigration rules and procedures.

For information on the regulation regarding the pilot programs, consult the Gazette officielle (French only - PDF, 1950 kB).

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