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Canada Quebec overturns decision to deny French woman immigration documents over language issue

19:46  09 november  2019
19:46  09 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Quebec government has overturned a decision to deny a French woman her Quebec immigration documents because of a chapter in English in her PhD thesis. Emilie Dubois says she is relieved after receiving the news late Friday from an Immigration Department official.

Canada's Quebec province has denied immigrant status to a French citizen because she was unable to demonstrate adequate French - language proficiency. Quebec 's immigration minister said in a statement on Thursday evening that the decision "doesn't seem to make much sense".

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MONTREAL — The Quebec government has overturned a decision to deny a French woman her Quebec immigration documents because of a chapter in English in her PhD thesis.

Emilie Dubois says she is relieved after receiving the news late Friday from an Immigration Department official.

Dubois, a native of France whose mother tongue is French, had been denied a Quebec selection certificate after bureaucrats ruled her level of French wasn't adequate under the Quebec experience program.

Her story made headlines around the world and on Friday she was told the initial decision was overruled.

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  Quebec working on policy to limit access to government services in English Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette says everyone — including newcomers — should be served in French when communicating with government organizations. He pointed out that just because someone asks to receive services in English, it doesn't mean they don't use French on a daily basis. "Sometimes that is just the best way to understand fully a very complicated issue that might arise with the government." Kelley pointed out the CAQ government likes to say they speak for the majority of francophones, and that they govern for the majority.

Quebec has rejected the immigration application of a French citizen, arguing she couldn’t “You did not complete program of study in Quebec entirely in French ,” said a letter from the province’s One chapter in her thesis on cellular and molecular biology was for publication in an English- language

Emilie Dubois was denied her permanent residency in the province because part of her PhD thesis was written in English. In response to criticism on social media about the decision , a member of the Coalition Avenir Quebec government tweeted they were examining the case.

Dubois says a certificate will soon be sent that will allow her to move forward on her efforts to get permanent residency, continue to operate her own business and remain in Quebec City, where she's lived since 2012 when she moved from France to do her doctorate at Universite Laval.

Dubois hopes her case highlights problems with the way immigration decisions are made.

Late Friday, the Legault government backtracked on changes to the Quebec experience program made by the province's immigration minister amid a week of heavy criticism from across the province from students, businesses and university leaders alike.

In place since 2010, the popular program allows foreign students with a qualifying diploma or people with work experience in Quebec to receive an expedited selection certificate, fast-tracking residency and making it possible to stay in the province.

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