French woman is not French enough for Quebec: student is denied immigration status because part of her scientific thesis was in English
- Emilie Dubois, 31, studied her PhD in biology from 2012 at the Universite Laval
- The French citizen graduated last year and was planning to stay in Quebec
- But authorities denied the stay because a chapter of the dissertation was in English
The French-speaking province of Quebec of Canada refused a French student the residency because a chapter of her thesis at a French-speaking university was in English.
Emilie Dubois, 31, moved from Canada to Canada in 2012 and completed her PhD in biology at Universite Laval in 2018.
As part of her PhD, she wrote a thesis on cellular and molecular biology in which one of the five chapters was in English, because it was based on an English article published in a scientific journal, a common practice at the university.
Emilie Dubois, 31, was denied the stay in Quebec because part of her French-language dissertation was in English
The rest of her course, including seminars and lectures, was all in French.
But the Quebec authorities claimed that her dissertation proved that the French citizen, who started her own business after graduating, was unable to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of French.
She said: "It's like an avalanche falls on my head and I don't know why."
In a letter sent to Dubois earlier this year, the immigration ministry said it had not demonstrated the level of French required to receive a Quebec selection certificate, which is the first step to permanent residence.
Emilie Dubois, 31, moved from Canada to Canada in 2012 and completed her PhD in biology at Universite Laval (photo) in 2018
The letter said according to Radio Canada: & # 39; You have not fully completed the French study program in French, including the dissertation or dissertation. & # 39;
She was first notified of the problem in December 2018 and shortly thereafter she took a recognized French test, which cost her $ 200, and sent the results to the government.
But this did not help her case and she subsequently received the letter stating that she would be denied immigrant status.
She said: & # 39; My whole life is here. You cannot tell me that I cannot prove that I can speak French and then tell me to return to France! & # 39;
One of the five chapters of her dissertation was in English, because it was based on an English article published in a scientific journal
Dubois remains hopeful that her case will be destroyed, especially after it was taken over by the local provincial assembly member, Catherine Dorion.
Quebec's immigration minister said yesterday that the decision seems to make little sense & # 39; and asked officials to look at it.
The province has a unique immigration arrangement with the federal government of Canada, which gives it more powers.
A potential immigrant must have a & # 39; selection certificate & # 39; from Quebec before he can apply for permanent residence with the federal government.
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