In Rouyn-Noranda, around 30 people demonstrated at the end of the day Saturday against the reform of the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ).
This is a program that allows foreign students and temporary workers established in Quebec to quickly obtain a Selection Certificate for permanent residence.
The event, which took place in a calm and friendly atmosphere, was organized in front of the premises of the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
The collective hopes that the new Minister of Immigration, Nadine Girault will focus on the reform and in particular allow derogations to students and workers already established in the province.
This is the case of the doctoral student in mineral engineering, Youssef Toubri, who arrived in Quebec in 2018 and who bet everything on the advantages of the PEQ.
“I really built all my future plans by taking into consideration the advantages that I will have by referring to the Quebec Experience Program, but with the current modifications it puts a lot of obstacles to succeed in having the selection certificate of the QuebecExplains the student at UQAT.
He asks the Minister of Immigration “[la nouvelle ministre Nadine Girault] to respect the promise given last fall, namely the right acquired by students who are already present here and who are already integrated into Quebec society.”
The new PEQ reform requires students to have more full-time work experience and the processing time for requests is reduced from 20 days to 6 months.