Are you a Permanent Resident under the Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) who is planning to leave Quebec? Are you moving to another province in Canada? Then you might want to read this first.
Firstly, congratulations for making it this far. If you're one of the few QSWs who waited years to a get the visa, count yourself lucky. As far as I know the program is in retrogression.
So, you're planning to leave Quebec [province]? Well, good for you. But have you weighed all things carefully though? The challenges of starting over; looking for a place to stay, finding employment. Of all things to consider, the most important factor, I think, is your legal status. What are the ramifications for leaving?
For many people out there who would argue that you have every right to leave --- then Yes! As a PR citizen, you have every right to move anywhere in Canada. According to the Constitution of Canada contains mobility rights expressly in section 6 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, "The rights specified include the right of citizens to leave and enter the country and the right of both citizens and permanent residents to move within its boundaries.".
"Which makes you think, if a lot are saying it unison
However, the subsections protect poorer regions' affirmative action programs that favour residents who have lived in the region for long. Which in short gives specials rights to certain provinces (*cough*) Quebec (*cough*), certain rights to select its own immigration rules.
Mark, 35 who lives with his family, 2 children and wife in British Columbia (a mutual friend of mine) accounts (translated from his dialect), "We have been denied PR renewal as the immigration officer states I have to go back to Quebec [province] to apply for it." --- claiming, not to have sufficiently lived in Quebec province.
Many similar stories, like Mark, have been whispered among small Pinoy-immigrant groups. Stories overtime may have been diluted from the truth but still retains its essence of its story --- their application has been denied; whether it would be applying for PR renewal or citizenship.
The time requirements are a little fuzzy, most accounts are saying they need to have established residency of at least 1-2 years in Quebec (or up to 3 years for some immigrants; different provinces seem to give different answers).
As QSW immigrant, I would recommend to stay at least 1 year or until you have filed income tax. Or even better, once you have your Canadian citizenship. Do you remember signing a contract promising to contribute to Quebec's economy? Vaguely?
The stories might differ from immigrant to immigrant, however most of them are saying they have to go back to Quebec [province] to either renew PR status or apply for [Canadian] citizenship. Which makes you think, if a lot are saying it unison then it must be true or either some part of it.
What do you think? If I keep saying a table is a chair, and people start saying it too, then who are you to argue that it isn't true? Unless if you take it straight from the horses mouth, so to speak. But who do you ask? My guess is to talk with the nearest Service Canada or an immigration lawyer for advise on this matter. Good luck to all your endeavors.
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