3.1. A foreign national wishing to settle permanently in Québec must, except for the classes and in the cases prescribed by regulation, file an application for a selection certificate with the Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities in accordance with the procedure prescribed under paragraph f of section 3.3.
The Minister shall process the application, having regard to the annual immigration plan and to the order of priorities prescribed by regulation.
The Minister shall issue a selection certificate to the foreign national who meets the conditions and criteria of selection determined by regulation.
The Minister shall suspend the examination of applications or cease to issue selection certificates for or within a class until the beginning of the following calendar year if the maximum set out in the annual plan has been reached. The Minister may, for or within a class, suspend the examination of applications or cease to issue selection certificates until the beginning of the following calendar year if the Minister considers that the maximum number or estimate set out in the annual plan will be reached.
Notwithstanding the third or fourth paragraph, the Minister may, in accordance with the regulations, issue a selection certificate to a foreign national in a particularly distressful situation, in particular, in the case of Convention refugees as defined in the Immigration Act (Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, chapter I-2), or in any other case where the Minister considers that the results obtained following the application of the selection criteria do not reflect whether or not the foreign national will be able to become successfully established in Québec. Conversely, the Minister may refuse to issue such a certificate to a foreign national who meets the conditions and criteria of selection if he has reasonable grounds to believe that the foreign national does not intend to settle in Québec or is unlikely to settle successfully in Québec or that the settlement of the foreign national would be contrary to public interest.
1978, c. 82, s. 3; 1992, c. 5, s. 1; 1994, c. 15, s. 18; 1993, c. 70, s. 2; 1996, c. 21, s. 48; 1998, c. 15, s. 2; 1999, c. 71, s. 2; 2005, c. 24, s. 38.