Quebec overturns decision to deny French woman immigration documents over language issue – National Post

Quebec overturns decision to deny French woman immigration documents over language issue - National Post
French citizens bid to immigrate to Quebec moving forward — after spat over her thesis
A French citizen who was told her immigration application to Quebec was rejected because one chapter of her PhD thesis was in English has been told her application will move forward after all. 

Émilie Dubois applied to come to the province after completing a PhD at French-language Laval University in Quebec City. 

In a letter sent to Dubois earlier this year, the Immigration Ministry said the 31-year-old French native had not demonstrated she had the level of French required to receive a Quebec selection certificate, the first step toward permanent residency, under the province's experience program.

"You did not complete program of study in Quebec entirely in French, including the dissertation or thesis," the letter read.

Speaking to Radio-Canada, Dubois noted she has "a diploma from a francophone university" and that she did "all of my studies in French."

One of the five chapters of her thesis on cellular and molecular biology was written in English because it was a scholarly article published in a scientific journal.

After Radio-Canada broke the story Thursday, Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette said the situation made no sense, and asked officials to reopen Dubois' file. She was later informed she would receive the certificate.

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A graduate student from France says its a bit weird she was denied permanent residency in Quebec after the province said she was unable to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the French language.

Emilie Dubois moved from France to Quebec in 2012, to complete her doctorate at Quebec Citys French-language Laval University.

After Dubois completed her doctorate in January 2018, she applied for a selection certificate under the Quebec experience program, which allows foreign students with a qualifying diploma or work experience in the province to fast-track their residency applications.

The province told her she had not demonstrated adequate knowledge of the French language, a requirement to obtain the selection certificate, because part of her thesis on cellular and molecular biology was written in English.

Dubois explained that only one out of the five chapters in her thesis was in English because it was based on an English article she had published for a scientific journal.

In science, we are used to sharing our work and knowledge with the community and this is usually from English-speaking jaws, she told CTVs Your Morning on Friday. This is just another way to work in science.

Even though the 31-year-old scientific graphic designer had completed her doctorate at a French-language school, the provinces immigration ministry said her level of French wasnt enough to obtain the certificate because the thesis chapter in English meant she hadnt completed the entirety of her studies in French.

Undeterred, Dubois set out to prove her command of the language by taking a French test recognized by the ministry.

Dubois said the ministry sent her a letter this past spring informing her they were maintaining their earlier decision concerning her residency.

While Dubois has been working as a self-employed scientific illustrator and designer, she said shes considering becoming a qualified worker, or employee of someone else, so she can reapply for residency before her three-year work permit expires in March 2021.

Dubois said shes hopeful the province will reconsider its decision after a member of the Coalition Avenir Quebec government tweeted that her case was being reviewed.

Catherine Dorion, Dubois local member of the national assembly, has also offered to help her in her cause.

In the meantime, Dubois said shes just waiting to see if her residency application proceeds so she can stay in Quebec with her partner and puppy.