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. Below, we provide additional information about this program and give you a better idea of what to expect during the application process.
Important note: guidelines and dates for the QSWP
The Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI), the government department overseeing immigration to Quebec, has issued the following guidelines:
- Candidates had until 25 January, 2016 to create their account in the secure space Mon projet Québec. Since that date, it is no longer possible to create a new account for the upcoming application intake period.
- Until February 15, 2016, candidates who have a Mon projet Québec account can access it to complete the application for a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ).
- As of February 16, 2016, it will be possible to submit an application and pay the required fees. The application intake period will end on March 31, 2016 at the latest.
The additional time allotted should allow a larger number of potential applicants to register before the application intake period begins. Due to technical maintenance, Mon projet Québec will be out of service on January 25, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
During the period February 16 to March 31, MIDI will receive a maximum of 2,800 applications for a CSQ under the QSWP through Mon projet Québec. All applications under the QSWP must be submitted online through Mon projet Québec; the previous paper application system will no longer be in use.
It will be again be possible to create an online account as of February 18, 2016. However, candidates who wish to have a chance of submitting a successful application for the upcoming intake period must create an account before 8.30 a.m. EST on January 25.
As of January 2016, candidates for immigration to Canada through the QSWP must use the secure space Mon projet Québec in order to submit an application.
Quebec Skilled Worker Eligibility
Applicants who are successful under the Quebec Skilled Worker immigration selection system are issued a Quebec Selection Certificate, which is then followed by a Canadian Permanent Resident (Immigration) Visa. Though applicants to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program are assessed based upon different selection factors than those of the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Citizenship and Immigration 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 this Quebec Selection Certificate, 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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