The Quebec immigration selection system for Quebec Skilled Workers is designed to indicate which applicants are likely to become economically established upon immigration to Quebec.
Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants who intend to reside in Montreal or in another city or region within the province of Quebec are assessed under a different system than applicants who wish to settle elsewhere in Canada. This is done through what the government of Quebec calls its 'Regular Skilled Worker Program'.
As of January 2016, candidates for immigration to Canada through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) must use the secure space Mon projet Québec in order to submit an application.
The Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion ('the MIDI', the Quebec government department overseeing immigration to the province) has announced the following schedule for the QSWP:
- It is currently possible to create a Mon projet Quebec with a view to the next intake period. At this time, the MIDI has not announced any cap on the people who may be allowed to create a profile.
- This next intake period will open to receive applications on August 16, 2016 (8.30 a.m. Montreal time) and may remain open until August 22 or until the cap limit it reached, whichever occurs sooner. During this intake period, the MIDI will receive up to 5,000 applications.
- It will remain possible to create new Mon projet Quebec accounts up until August 16, 2016.
- Candidates who have already created a Mon projet Quebec account earlier in 2016 do not have to create another account in order to be in a position to submit an application when the next intake period begins on August 16.
Quebec Skilled Worker Eligibility
Applicants who are successful under the Regular Skilled Worker Program are issued a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, also known as a CSQ), which is then followed by a Canadian Permanent Resident (Immigration) Visa. Though applicants to the program are assessed based upon different selection factors than those of the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the government of Canada acknowledges Quebec's selection of applicants by issuing permanent resident visas to successful applicants, once medical and criminality background checks have been completed.
In order to qualify for a CSQ, you must score enough points under the Quebec Immigration selection system that is described below. A single (unmarried) applicant must score at least 49 points based on this system, while an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner must score at least 57 points.
The Quebec Immigration selection factors may be summarized as follows:
|Education||Up to 14 points (Cutoff Score = 2 points)|
|Area Of Training||Up to 16 points|
|Validated Employment Offer||Up to 10 points|
|Work Experience||Up to 8 points|
|Age||Up to 16 points|
|Language Proficiency||Up to 22 points|
|Stay And Family In Quebec||Up to 8 points|
|Spouse/Common-law partner Characteristics||Up to 17 points|
|Presence Of Accompanying Children||Up to 8 points|
|Financial Self-Sufficiency||1 point|
Many of the documents required in order to apply for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program must be certified true copies. Click here to learn more.
Language test results must be submitted along with immigration applications to be awarded points for language proficiency.
- For more information on approved French tests, see Proving French Language Ability (Quebec Skilled Worker Program).
- For more information on the approved English test, see Proving English Language Ability - International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Quebec Skilled Worker applicants must then successfully complete medical and security examinations conducted by the Canadian government in order to be granted a Canada Immigration (permanent resident) visa.
Quebec Skilled Workers applicants are not assessed based upon the selection factors of the Federal Skilled Worker Class. Citizenship and Immigration Canada acknowledges the selection of applicants who meet Quebec immigration selection criteria.
Processing Times for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program vary from one Canadian Immigration Visa Office to another.
Processing fees for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program are as follows:
|Principal Applicant||CAD $773|
|Spouse, de facto spouse||CAD $166|
|Each dependant child||CAD $166|
For more information about the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, see the Quebec Skilled Worker FAQ.
Learn more about the Canadian Immigration Process for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.
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