3.5. Despite any other provision of this Act, the Minister may, particularly in view of the guidelines and objectives set out in the annual immigration plan and of Québec’s needs and its capacity to welcome and integrate immigrants, make a decision in relation to the receipt and processing of applications for selection certificates for a specified period.
The decision may apply to all countries or a source area and to a class of foreign nationals or part of a class of foreign nationals. It may, in particular, pertain to the maximum number of applications the Minister intends to accept, the suspension of the receipt of applications, the order of priority for the processing of applications and the disposal of applications the Minister has yet to examine.
The decision stands for a maximum period of 14 months and may be modified or renewed.
The Minister shall publish the decision in the Gazette officielle du Québec and in any medium considered appropriate.
Decisions take effect on the date of their publication or on any later date specified. The reason for a decision must be included in the decision.
A decision may, if it so specifies, apply to applications for a selection certificate received within three months before its effective date that have yet to be examined by the Minister. In such cases, the Minister shall notify the applicant and, if applicable, return the sums received as fees.
The Regulations Act (chapter R-18.1) does not apply to a decision made under this section.
2004, c. 18, s. 11; 2013, c. 16, s. 194.