YOUR STORY: Square one for couple waiting over two years for permanent residence in Quebec
The future of 18,000 people is up in the air thanks to the CAQ's overhaul of the immigration program, especially to those who are applying through the skilled workers program.
Quebec's Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barette announced on Thursday applications will no longer be reviewed on a first come first serve basis. Instead, applicants who meet the French language and job requirements will be given priority.
Shareh Eghdam and her husband applied in 2016 and were told on Friday their application has been scrapped and will have to start from scratch.
"We are not pieces of paper. We are human beings with dreams." Eghdam told CJAD 800. "We were ready to move to the other side of the planet to start a new life."
They were told their applicatin fee would be refunded but Eghdam says they have already invested lots of money for French lessons. She said when they followed up about their application, she was told was other applicants in the past did not make enough of an effort to learn French and integrate into Quebec society.
"We really wanted to integrate into Quebec society once we got our French certificates" said Eghdam. "My sister already lives in Quebec."
Eghdam and her husband are not the only ones who will be affected by the CAQ's new immigration policy. Several PhD candidates at McGill and Concordia are now in limbo, as well as many other skilled workers who are already in the province waiting for permanent residence.
The immigration minister said it will no longer be a first come first served system. Bill 9 will instead focus on immigrants adopting the "democratic values and the Quebec values expressed by the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms."
Meantime, the federal government said it's against imposing conditions on immigrants seeking permanent residency and will need further analysis of Bill 9.