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  • Quebec, Canada, introduced a new cap on the number of family reunification applications submitted over the next two years


The government of Quebec, Canada, introduced a cap on family reunification applications. From June 26, 2024, to June 25, 2026, Quebec will accept a maximum of 13,000 applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

This includes 10,400 applications for spouses, common-law partners, and dependent children aged 18 or older and 2,600 applications for parents, grandparents, and other relatives. Once the cap is reached, no more applications will be accepted, except for specific exempt categories, such as dependent children under 18 and those with disabilities.

This measure aims to manage the province’s immigration intake more effectively, ensuring that the processing system remains efficient and that resources are adequately allocated. While the cap has been welcomed by some who believe it will streamline the process and reduce waiting times, others have expressed concerns about the potential impact on family unity and the emotional strain it may cause for those unable to reunite with their loved ones. The government has stated that this decision balances the need to maintain social services and infrastructure while also prioritizing family connections, and they will continuously review the policy to assess its outcomes and make necessary adjustments.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Quebec’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Government of Quebec, Canada

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