The Quebec Government will introduce a ‘values test’ for new immigrants on January 1, 2020. The new immigrants must attend the Quebec values test within two years before applying for permanent residence, informed the official Gazette of Quebec, the Quebec Government’s official publication.
Quebec Premier François Legault has revealed that the test will be almost similar to the one that already exists in Canada about knowing Canada. The Quebec values test aims to ensure that anybody who wishes to live in Quebec has sufficient knowledge about the values of the province.
The test comprises 20 multiple choice and true or false questions. One example given by Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette is: “Since March 27, 2019, Bill 21, the secularism of the state, says every new police officer cannot wear religious symbols on the job. True or false?”
The candidate will have to complete the Quebec values test within 90 minutes and the test will cover various topics such as Quebec democracy, francophone culture, secularism, rights and responsibilities and equality between men and women. The candidate has to score at least 75 percent marks to qualify for Quebec immigration.
The candidates who pass the Quebec values test and meet other eligibility criteria will be issued a Quebec Selection Certificate with which they may apply for permanent residence in Canada. Children and applicants with a medical condition that prevents them from taking the test are exempted. The candidates may either attend the test directly or enroll in a course pertaining to the values of Quebec, prescribed by the minister, before attending the test. If a person fails in the test, they may reappear after two weeks. But if they fail again, they may choose to enroll for the course before taking the test for a third time. If the candidate fails repeatedly, they will have to resubmit the immigration application all over again.
With promising career opportunities and high standards of living, Quebec has emerged as a popular destination for immigration aspirants. If you wish to know your options for moving to Quebec permanently, get in touch with our expert Quebec immigration consultants without delay!