Quebec Immigration — Arrima Portal for Quebec Skilled Worker Program

Last updated: 16 July 2021

Arrima is the online portal for expressions of interest from foreign nationals interested in immigrating to Quebec under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program. Anyone 18 years of age or older can submit an expression of interest using Arrima.

As of January 26, 2021, PEQ applicants are required to submit their applications, pay the required fees and upload the required documents through the Arrima portal. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

Candidates for the Foreign Student Program have been able to submit their documents electronically since spring 2020. As of January 26, 2021, this also became mandatory.

Why did the Government of Quebec introduce Arrima?

The Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program is a popular Canadian immigration program that provides eligible foreign nationals and their families with a pathway to Canadian permanent resident status following issuance of a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de séléction du Québec, or CSQ) from the Government of Quebec.

The Arrima portal launched in September 2018 following the coming into force of the Quebec Immigration Act and regulations on August 2, which put an end to the previous “first-come, first-served” application process for the RSWP.

By implementing an Expression of Interest (EOI) system, the Government of Quebec can now issue invitations to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate on a more regular basis and reduce application processing times for the RSWP.

What is a Quebec expression of interest?

Quebec’s Immigration Ministry (Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration, or MIFI) adopted the Expression of Interest System to facilitate the process of applying for immigration to Quebec under the RSWP.

The new system enables anyone who meets the age requirement (18 years) to submit an expression of interest by completing an online profile via the Arrima portal. An expression of interest profile is assessed according to a scoring system (totaling 1,320 points)  based on the following human capital and labour market needs criteria: 

Human Capital (maximum of 580 points)

CriteriaMaximum points - Principal ApplicantMaximum points - Spouse or common-law partner
accompanying the principal applicant
Knowledge of French180

40

Knowledge of French and English80

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Age130

110

Length of professional experience100

--

Level of education90

70 (principal applicant with accompanying spouse)

10 (spouse or common-law partner of principal applicant)


Quebec Labour Market Needs (maximum of 740 points)

CriteriaMaximum points - Principal ApplicantMaximum points - Spouse or common-law partner
accompanying the principal applicant

Workforce diagnosis combined, if applicable, with the length of experience in the profession practiced;

100

--

Field of training60

--

Québec diploma50

10

Length of professional experience in Québec100

--

Length of professional experience in the rest of Canada30

--

Validated job offer combined, if applicable, instead of the job depending on whether it is located inside or outside the territory of Greater Montréal380 (Outside of Greater Montreal Area

180 (In Greater Montreal Area)

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What happens once an expression of interest is submitted?

Once an Arrima account is created, a candidate has 90 days to complete and submit his or her expression of interest. Candidates must have a valid email address to register an Arrima account.

An expression of interest remains valid for a year and candidates will be able to update their profile during the entire validity period. For example, candidates can increase their chances of being invited by completing a language test.

The highest scoring candidates will be invited invited to apply for Quebec Selection Certificate and will be required to satisfy certain cut-off and passing scores based on Quebec's unique RSWP Points Grid.  You can calculate your potential Quebec Skilled Worker passing score using the CanadaVisa Skilled Worker Points Calculator

What are the next steps once an invitation to apply is issued?

If invited to apply for the QSWP, candidates will have 90 days to submit a complete application for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). RSWP applications will continue to be processed using the Mon Projet Québec application management system. Once the Ministry assesses the application, a complete list of required documents will be available to the applicant.

The application review process begins once all documents are provided by the applicant. Some applicants may be invited to attend an interview to verify the information provided in the application. 

Most recent invitation rounds using the Arrima portal

Date of invitation Number of invitations issuedCandidates had to meet the following criteria
June 17, 202169
  • Have a validated job offer
May 27, 202190
  • Have a validated job offer
  • Reside in Québec as diplomatic agents, consular officers or other types of eligible foreign representatives.
April 29, 202183
  • Have a validated job offer
  • Reside in Québec as diplomatic agents, consular officers or other types of eligible foreign representatives.
March 30, 2021208
  • Have a validated job offer
  • Reside in Québec as diplomatic agents, consular officers or other types of eligible foreign representatives.
January 26, 202195
  • Have a validated job offer
  • Reside in Québec as diplomatic agents, consular officers or other types of eligible foreign representatives.
December 16, 2020233
  • Have a validated job offer
  • Reside in Québec as diplomatic agents, consular officers or other types of eligible foreign representatives.
September 24, 2020365
  • Have a validated job offer
  • Reside in Québec as diplomatic agents, consular officers or other types of eligible foreign representatives.
  • Be among those who are invited by the Minister on the basis of their ability to contribute to Québec's prosperity by staying or settling there.
June 18, 2020

7

  • Candidates were either except from the cap that had been in place when they first applied to the Regular Skilled Worker Program or they were residing in Quebec on a study or work permit on June 16, 2019, when roughly 16,000 Regular Skilled Worker Program applications were cancelled; AND
  • They filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019. 
January 16, 2020

23

  • Candidates were either except from the cap that had been in place when they first applied to the Regular Skilled Worker Program or they were residing in Quebec on a study or work permit on June 16, 2019, when roughly 16,000 Regular Skilled Worker Program applications were cancelled; AND
  • They filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019. 
December 17, 2019

220

  • Candidates were either except from the cap that had been in place when they first applied to the Regular Skilled Worker Program or they were residing in Quebec on a study or work permit on June 16, 2019, when roughly 16,000 Regular Skilled Worker Program applications were cancelled; AND
  • They filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019. 
December 12, 2019

85

  • Candidates had a valid offer of employment; OR
  • They were staying in Quebec carrying out official duties as diplomats, consular officers, or representatives of intergovernmental organizations, among others.
October 29, 2019

73

  • Candidates had a valid offer of employment; OR
  • They were staying in Quebec carrying out official duties as diplomats, consular officers, or representatives of intergovernmental organizations, among others.
October 23, 2019

89

  • Candidates were either except from the cap that had been in place when they first applied to the Regular Skilled Worker Program or they were residing in Quebec on a study or work permit on June 16, 2019, when roughly 16,000 Regular Skilled Worker Program applications were cancelled; AND
  • They filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019. 
September 25, 2019

169

  • Candidates were either except from the cap that had been in place when they first applied to the Regular Skilled Worker Program or they were residing in Quebec on a study or work permit on June 16, 2019, when roughly 16,000 Regular Skilled Worker Program applications were cancelled; AND
  • They filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019. 
September 4, 2019

32

  • Candidates had a valid offer of employment; OR
  • They were staying in Quebec carrying out official duties as diplomats, consular officers, or representatives of intergovernmental organizations, among others.
August 19, 2019

444

  • Candidates were either except from the cap that had been in place when they first applied to the Regular Skilled Worker Program or they were residing in Quebec on a study or work permit on June 16, 2019, when roughly 16,000 Regular Skilled Worker Program applications were cancelled; AND
  • They filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019. 
July 17, 2019

259

  • Candidates had a valid offer of employment; OR
  • They were staying in Quebec carrying out official duties as diplomats, consular officers, or representatives of intergovernmental organizations, among others.
July 4, 2019

691

  • Candidates were either except from the cap that had been in place when they first applied to the Regular Skilled Worker Program or they were residing in Quebec on a study or work permit on June 16, 2019, when roughly 16,000 Regular Skilled Worker Program applications were cancelled; AND
  • They filed an expression of interest with the Minister before December 17, 2019. 

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