In a Twitter post, Minister of International Relations, Immigration, and Francization Nadine Girault said that "after having carried out quarantine in Toronto, the Afghan refugees bound for Quebec will be taken care of by the Government of Quebec."
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On August 13, the Canadian government announced that it will expand its resettlement program to resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees who are under threat from the Taliban.
The program will prioritize refugees from the most vulnerable groups, including "women leaders, human rights defenders, journalists, persecuted religious minorities, LGBTI individuals, and family members of previously resettled interpreters," as well as "government-supported and privately sponsored refugees, along with those sponsored by family already in Canada."
According to a statement by the Canadian government, these special new public policies grant permanent status to temporary essential workers, especially those working in hospitals and long-term care homes, as well as international graduates.
International graduates who intend to reside outside of Quebec must have completed an eligible Canadian post-secondary program within the last four years, no earlier than January 2017.
According to the statement, as of May 6, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin accepting applications under the following three streams:
20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care
30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations
40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution
Applications will remain open until November 5, or until they have reached their limit.
Quebec not included in new pathway
Alexander Cohen, press secretary for the Office of the IRCC, told MTL Blog that Quebec is not included in the new permanent residency program due to the Canada-Quebec Accord, an agreement giving Quebec the authority to select the majority of its own immigrants and determine its annual immigration targets.
"We have always respected Quebec's jurisdiction over immigration, including their decision not to participate in the initiative," said Cohen.
"As such, applicants under these programs must intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec."
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At a press conference on Tuesday, Premier François Legault announced that he has asked the provincial minister of immigration to ensure that Mamadi Camara obtains a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) — a document that facilitates a permanent residence application.
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The premier said he hopes the selection of Camara for immigration will help to "alleviate" the injustice he endured when he was wrongly arrested in January.
Because Quebec selects its own immigrants, workers who intend to settle in the province must usually obtain a CSQ before applying for permanent residence through the federal government.
The House of Commons also unanimously approved a motion on Tuesday calling on the federal immigration minister to grant Camara permanent residence.
Legault said that "like many Quebecers," he was "concerned" about "the way [Camara] was arrested and detained for six days" and the effect the incident had on him and his family.
Camara was arrested following an attack on a Montreal police officer. He was released from custody on February 3 in light of evidence that exonerated him.
The announcement by Legault comes after Camara and his lawyer Virginie Dufresne-Lemire appeared on the Radio-Canada program Tout le monde en parle to discuss the incident, which Camara called "traumatizing" and "extremely difficult."
Dufresne-Lemire also described a forceful encounter with Montreal police, saying an officer put his foot on Camara's head after he had been taken from his car through the window and put on the ground.
Camara called his release from detention and the apology from SPVM chief Sylvain Caron a "relief" for him and his family but added that questions remain about the incident.
Dufresne-Lemire stated that "the racial question comes up and it's certain that it played a role in the evolution of this case."
Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Security Geneviève Guilbault announced on February 9 that officials are launching an investigation into the events that led to Camara's wrongful arrest.
As Americans head to the polls to choose their next president, some are ready to just leave the country entirely. The return of the perennial promise from disgruntled Americans to move to Canada after the U.S. election raises the question: just how could they actually go about doing that?
Any U.S. citizen who assumes it's as simple as picking up and settling across the border will be disappointed.
"The most important thing to keep in mind is that nothing is quick and easy for these people who want to move to Canada," said Daniel Levy of the Montreal-based immigration law firm Campbell Cohen.
MTL Blog spoke with Levy about the programs available to Americans looking to immigrate to Canada.
Levy called Express Entry "the main permanent residence option for an individual who wants to immigrate to Canada on the basis of their human capital," or economic value.
For Americans with a Canadian spouse or common-law partner, there's also a family sponsorship program.
"But the quick option that we're actually seeing people take up more frequently now, pre-election," said Levy, "are the temporary options" defined by the Canada–United-States–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).
"These typically are going to be the path that people would take if they're running out of the U.S."
There are several options, Levy explained.
The first allows U.S. citizens in a number of targeted professions to obtain work permits if they have "pre-arranged employment in Canada, or a service contract with a Canadian company," according to the Campbell Cohen website, CanadaVisa.com.
A second option involves an inter-company transfer across the border.
Third, says Levy, there's a program for investors.
"Buy an existing business, you show that you've invested a chunk of change in it, you can get a work permit to come in and work for your business."
And then there's Quebec, which, Levy explained, has its own immigration programs that "basically mirror the federal programs."
The Quebec Skilled Worker program is another points-based system "where you submit what's called an 'expression of interest' and you wait for an invitation to apply," he said.
The Quebec Experience Class, meanwhile, is, as its name might suggest, based on an applicant's experience in Quebec.
What's Levy's advice for an American who wants to move to Canada after the election?
"Take a big deep breath."
He underlined that the decision to move to Canada shouldn't be a hasty one.
"Explore your options thoroughly and make sure you understand what's available to you."
Those serious about immigration should "pursue it with eyes open, knowing exactly what the pros and cons are for each option," he said.
"There are many moving parts. Make sure to get a good immigration lawyer."