The government of Quebec regulated a new bill, termed as Bill 9, on February 7, 2019. The following bill proposes the most significant changes to the Quebec Immigration Act. One of the major changes is the cancellation of a backlog of more than 18,000 applications which currently being processed for the QSW program. This change will affect the application of all the candidates who have applied between 2005 and August 2018, and yet not received a decision.
The regulation of this new bill will possibly affect the CRS score as with the cancellation of 18,000 applications in Quebec, there is a chance that many of these candidates may switch to the alternative means like the express entry system to QSW.
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 attracted 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.
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. Certainly, Bill 9 has not yet been accepted into law. Only time will tell if the Quebec government chooses to pass this regulation and dismiss the QSW backlog.