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:
- Up to 5,000 applications will be accepted during the period June 13 to June 20, 2016. This intake period will be restricted to the approximately 41,000 candidates who had created a Mon projet Québec account in January. Mon projet Québec is not scheduled to open for new registrations before the June intake period.
- Up to 5,000 further applications will be accepted over the course of another application intake period, with exact dates to be announced later.
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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