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Quebec plans to admit up to 52,500 immigrants in 2022

Quebec plans to admit between 49,500 to 52,500 immigrants in 2022 among all categories combined. According to the Quebec Immigration Plan, released on October 28, most of the new admissions will come through economic immigration as well as refugees. The plan also stipulates the number of people that will be admitted as permanent residents.

As usual, the plan stays the course on the targets established during the public consultation held in summer 2019.  This consultation was to talk about Quebec Immigration Planning for the 2020-2022 period.

Catching up on the admissions

Quebec needs to catch-up with 18,000 admissions to reach admissions levels that the federal government did not reach in 2020. Of course, the main reason they did not meet the target was because of the health crisis.

In order to achieve part of those 18,000 admissions, Quebec included 7,000 additional admissions in the Immigration Plan for 2021. However, the federal government may not be able to manage to catch up on all of the admissions planned for 2021.

According to Quebec’s news release, catching up on the admissions will make it possible to accelerate the issuing of permanent residence by the federal government. More specifically, it would help the applicants selected under the Special Program for Asylum Seekers during the COVID-19 period.

“It will also make it possible to clear the accumulation of applications for permanent residence at the federal level,” said the release.

It is referring to foreign students who have received prior experience in Québec under the Québec experience program. This definitely favors economic immigration for applicants who are already in Québec and who have a good knowledge of French.

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