New immigration application intake rules

March 29, 2018 – New rules regarding applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) that can be received by the Ministère will be in effect from April 1, 2018 to August 15, 2018, inclusive. These new rules pertain to applications submitted by economic immigration candidates (skilled workers, investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed workers), as well as applications submitted under the Collective Sponsorship Program.

Note that the rules regarding the maximum number of applications received by the Ministère do not change Québec’s immigration objectives. Consequently, for 2018, Québec expects to admit between 49,000 and 53,000 immigrants.

Skilled workers

The new application intake rules for the 2017-2018 Regular Skilled Worker Program will be maintained and extended until August 15, 2018. Consequently, for this Program, the Ministère can receive up to a maximum of 5,000 applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) by August 15. Other details relating to this will be announced at a later date.

Reminder — Candidates who can submit an application at any time

Candidates with an employment offer validated by the Ministère or who are temporary residents of Québec and authorized to submit an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) can do so at any time by using the Mon projet Québec secure space.

Those who wish to submit an application under the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec Experience Program) can also do so at any time by following the instructions related to the PEQ.

Investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed workers

For the period from April 1, 2018 to August 15, 2018, no applications for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) will be received under the Investors Program, the Entrepreneurs Program and the Self-Employed Workers Program.

Collective sponsorship

Given the large number of refugees whose applications are still being processed, the Ministère has decided to extend the suspension of intake of new sponsorship applications already in effect until June 30, 2018. Consequently, no collective sponsorship applications will be received on or before August 15, 2018.

Modernization of the immigration system

Remember that the Ministère is currently working on modernizing the Québec immigration system in order to select the persons who have the best chances of integrating into the Québec labour market. Candidates under the Regular Skilled Worker Program will be the first to benefit from this new system based on the declaration of interest.

For more details on the new immigration application intake rules, please consult the page Immigration rules and procedures and the page Collective sponsorship.

 

Source : http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/informations/news/news-2018/new-intake-rules.html

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS TO INTRODUCE NEW, INNOVATIVE WAYS TO STRENGTHEN ITS CBI PROGRAMME

 

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, March 21, 2018 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – The Team Unity-led Government of St. Kitts and Nevis will continue to find and employ innovative measures that will improve and strengthen the integrity of the country’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme, widely regarded as the platinum brand of the economic citizenship industry.

 

Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris gave that assurance during a national address to announce the introduction of two new options under the CBI programme.

 

“To date, our programme has been a success,” Prime Minister stated. “This success is due to the hard work that we have invested in improving the programme since Team Unity took office about three years ago. We have improved the efficiency, enhanced its good governance and insisted on high standards of due diligence. As a result, the St. Kitts and Nevis CBI programme is recognised throughout the world as the platinum standard.”

 

The Honourable Prime Minister continued, “We stand for integrity, rigour and robust due diligence. In fact, we continue to improve our due diligence process and in the near future we will be introducing biometrics, starting with applicants from high risk countries.”

 

The two new options announced by the prime minister are a revised real estate offering and a Sustainable Growth Fund, which will succeed the Hurricane Relief Fund (HRF) that is set to expire at the end of March 2018.

 

Under the Sustainable Growth Fund, a single applicant will require a contribution of US$150,000, inclusive of Government fees. The contribution for a family of up to four will be US$195,000 following incremental steps.

 

Secondly, a real estate offering that requires a US$400,000 investment may attract two applicants at US$200,000 each plus government fees. However, this can only be resold after a period of 7 years.

 

It must be noted that this offering is separate and distinct from the existing real estate investment option at US$400,000, which can still be resold after five years.

 

Prime Minister Harris said while the Cabinet is confident these new offerings will further invigorate the country’s CBI programme, his government, through the Citizenship by Investment Unit, will maintain its very high standards of integrity, rigour and robust due diligence procedures which are ranked among the highest in the world.

 

Source : http://www.ciu.gov.kn/st-kitts-and-nevis-to-introduce-new-innovative-ways-to-strengthen-its-cbi-programme/

USCIS Updates Webpage to Share More Accurate Processing Times

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today launched a pilot to test a redesigned processing times webpage that displays the data for all forms in an easier-to-read format and also tests a new way of collecting data and calculating the processing times for some forms.

The pilot will test four forms using a new automated methodology for calculating processing times. The four forms are:

  • Form N-400, Application for Naturalization;
  • Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card;
  • Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status; and
  • Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

The new webpage makes it easier for anyone to see approximately how long it will take USCIS to process a form, which will help users determine when it is necessary to contact USCIS to make an inquiry if their case is outside the normal processing time.

For the four pilot forms, the information on the webpage reflects a new methodology for collecting and calculating processing times. The new methodology is automated, more accurate, and allows USCIS to post data on processing times within two weeks, compared to six weeks under the old methodology.

The updated page displays processing times in a range for each form based on the date USCIS receives it. The low end of the range for pilot forms shows the time it takes to complete 50 percent of cases, and the high end shows the time it takes to complete 93 percent of cases.  The high end for the non-pilot forms will be adjusted by 30 percent above current cycle times to reflect the time it takes to complete a majority of the cases.

Applicants, petitioners, and requestors can create an online account at uscis.gov/casestatus to track the status of their cases. They may make an “outside normal processing time” case inquiry for any cases pending longer than the time listed for the high end of the range by submitting a service request online or calling the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283.

USCIS will continue to seek user feedback during the test phase and expand this methodology to additional forms in the future.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), and Facebook (/uscis).

Source : https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-updates-webpage-share-more-accurate-processing-times