A few week ago someone was asking about the CSQ process. Maybe you have seen the following before but it is also to benefit all forum members
Reception of application
The Ministère checks if you can file an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) in accordance with the rules in effect, if all the required documents are included in your application and if it is eligible for priority processing. Your application is eligible for priority processing if:
•you or your spouse, if applicable, have received a job offer from a Québec employer, and it meets the MICC's validation conditions. Ask your future employer to consult the section Steps taken by the employer for hiring a permanent foreign worker;
•you or your spouse, if applicable, hold a diploma, awarded by a teaching institution, in an area of training allowing you to get 12 or 16 points under the area of training criterion of the selection grid for skilled workers (see Liste des domaines de formation permettant d'obtenir 12 ou 16 points à la grille de sélection (PDF, 34 Kb)). The number of years of study required to obtain your diploma must be at least equal to the number of years required to obtain that diploma in Québec. Your diploma must have been awarded in the last five years. Failing that, you must have practised, on a full time basis and for at least one year in the last five years, a profession or trade directly related to that diploma. for at least one year in the last five years.An acknowledgment of receipt is sent to you to confirm reception of a complete application and, if applicable, to indicate that your application will be prioritized for processing. Your file will be returned to you if your application cannot be considered.Examination of the application
Your application is examined in accordance with the regulation in effect.
Does your professional profile (as well as your spouse's, if applicable) allow you to easily adapt to the requirements and rapid development of the Québec labour market? Check to see if you are eligible for the Immigration Program for skilled workers. The following employability factors will be taken into account:
•your schooling (your level of education and area of training)
•your work experience
•your knowledge of French and English
•your stays in Québec and family relationship with a Canadian citizen or a permanent Québec resident
•having a valid employment offer (this applies only if you have received a job offer that meets certain conditions from a Québec employer.) See the section Recrutement international - Embaucher un travailleur étranger permanent
•characteristics regarding your accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, if applicable
Other factors that will be taken into account when your application is assessed are:
•the number of children under the age of 22 who will be accompanying you to Québec.
•your capacity for financial self-sufficiency (you must sign a contract confirming your commitment to provide for your needs and your family's needs for at least the first three months following your arrival in Québec).
•your adaptability (preparation of your immigration project) which will be assessed based on the steps that you have undertaken to facilitate your socioeconomic integration and your personal qualities with regard to your work activities.
Points will be awarded, if applicable, for each of these selection factors. The assessment of your application will help to determine if you obtain a sufficient number of points to be selected by Québec
One of three decisions is made once your application has been assessed:•Selection based on the file:
In some cases, an interview is not necessary and the application is processed solely on the basis of the applicant's file. If you have attained the general passing scores of the selection grid, the interview may not be required. In this case, you will receive a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) in the mail as well as information about Québec. You will be notified of the next steps in your immigration process. •Notice of intent to refuse the application:
You will receive a letter informing you that your application will be refused, unless you provide, within 60 days, documented proof to justify reviewing the decision. If the requested proof is received within the prescribed timeframe, the review of your application will continue. Failing that, your application will be refused without further notice. You then have the possibility to submit a request for an administrative review. see link http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/immigrate-settle/permanent-workers/official-immigration-application/selection-process/administrative-review.html•Notice to attend an interview:
If the preliminary review of your application is positive, you will be invited to a selection interview. This notice specifies the date, time and place of the interview as well as the documents you will have to have on hand.
During this interview, the immigration counsellor reviews the information provided in the Application for a Selection Certificate, particularly the information on schooling, work experience and language knowledge. The counsellor will also ask you questions to assess the feasibility of your immigration plans. This evaluation primarily focuses on your knowledge of Québec, the steps you have taken and your personal suitability with respect to your professional activities.
The selection interview is the ideal time to talk about your immigration plan with the counsellor and to ask questions.
Approximate duration of the selection interview: 30 to 60 minutes.
Following the interview, three results are possible:
Approval: If the assessment is positive, the counsellor will inform you of the next steps to follow in your immigration process. If possible, the counsellor will immediately issue your Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate). Otherwise it will be mailed to you. You will also receive a kit containing important information which you will be asked to read carefully. Depending on your needs, the counsellor may also give you other specific documents.
Refusal: If the assessment reveals that you do not meet the selection criteria, an explanatory letter is given to you. You will then have the possibility to submit a request for an administrative review.
Notice of intent to refuse the application: If supporting documentation is missing, the counsellor will give you an explanatory notice of intent to refuse the application. You will then have 60 days to provide the proof requested. If you do not provide the necessary proof within this timeframe, your application will be refused without further notice. You will then have the possibility to submit a request for an administrative review