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Some francophone immigrants leave Quebec to settle in other provinces as a result of application processing delays. They choose to take advantage of the new immigration pathways launched by Ottawa that allow up French-speaking essential workers and international students to settle in provinces other than Quebec. Instead of waiting over three years to be accepted as a permanent resident, as is the case of Quebec, French-speaking immigrants eligible for the federal program only have to wait six months to be accepted into the new pathways. Currently, more than 51,000 applicants are awaiting permanent residency in Quebec.