Quebec Immigration: What is Arrima?
Arrima is an online platform used by the Quebec government to deliver a wide range of services to foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to Quebec. The use of Arrima is completely free and open to everyone. This page will give you an overview of the various immigration-related procedures that can be carried out via this platform.
Table of Contents
- What is Arrima?
- Can I use Arrima for Quebec immigration?
- How can I apply for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program in Arrima?
- What is the scoring system used for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program in Arrima?
- Summary of recent invitation rounds via the Arrima portal
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact us for Assistance
Arrima is a free electronic system used to manage skilled worker applications in Quebec. It operates in a similar manner to the federal Express Entry system. Applicants for immigration to Quebec can create and submit profiles for consideration under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP or RSWP). Eligible applicants are assigned a score and ranked against others in the Arrima pool of candidates. This way of selecting immigration candidates is known as an Expression of Interest (EOI) system or, in French, "système de déclaration d’intéret (DI)."
In Quebec, the new EOI system, of which Arrima is the hub, went into effect in August 2018 following the coming into force of the Québec Immigration Act.
The purpose of the Arrima platform is to speed up the processing of immigration applications and to better match potential immigration candidates with the needs of the labour market. Prior to the introduction of Arrima, Quebec used a paper-based application system to select immigration candidates, which resulted in long processing times and did not allow to effectively match those interested in immigrating to the province with the most immediate labour market needs.
Today, Arrima is primarily used by the Quebec government as a platform to manage EOI submissions under the QSWP. The Arrima platform is also progressively being expanded to include application services related to other economic immigration programs, such as, for instance, the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) for temporary workers and international students.
Many immigration procedures can be completed through Arrima. It all depends on the program you are applying for and the stage you are at in your immigration process.
Here are the main ways that Arrima can be used by Quebec immigration candidates:
- Create, submit, complete and update their expression of interest (EOI) for the QSWP;
- Access a self-assessment tool to estimate the score they could obtain by submitting an Expression of Interest and assess their chances of receiving an invitation to submit an Application for Permanent Selection;
- Apply for permanent selection, as well as submit documents and pay the required fees to immigrate to Quebec under the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ);
- Create an Arrima profile to apply for permanent selection, submit documents and pay the required fees under one of Quebec's permanent immigration pilot programs;
- Apply for temporary selection for studies, create an Arrima profile to submit supporting documents as a foreign student;
- Obtain information and submit forms related to:
- Financial aid for part-time French courses;
- “Accompagnement Québec” programs;
- The Program for Refugees Abroad (collective sponsorship).
Arrima can also be used by employers and businesses to:
- Obtain personalized support from the immigration ministry;
- Get in touch with foreign workers who match their labour needs and offer them a job in Quebec with the Employer Portal.
Interested candidates submit an online profile via Arrima, in order to be assessed for immigration through Quebec's Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), based on a scoring system. The score is calculated by taking into account several specific factors, such as education, work experience, language skills, ties to the province, validated job offer in the province, among others. Eligible candidates are entered into the pool of candidates and then have a chance to be invited to apply for permanent selection.
Approximately once a month, the Government of Quebec selects the highest-scoring candidates from the Arrima pool and invites them to submit a full application for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ), which is the first step towards applying for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Here is a summary of the steps you will need to go through to be considered for immigration to Quebec:
- Submit an expression of interest (EOI) in the Arrima pool of candidates;
- Once you submit an EOI, you will receive a score based on predetermined criteria. A self-assessment tool (in French only) is available on the government page to estimate the score you might obtain when you submit an expression of interest.
- The Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI) will send out invitations to the highest scoring candidates in the Arrima pool and invite them to submit a full application for permanent selection;
- Invited candidates have 60 days to complete the application and submit it to the MIFI;
- The MIFI will review your complete application;
- A decision on the application will be made and, if successful, you will receive a CSQ within a period of 6 months.
- Once you receive a CSQ then you may apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent residence.
An expression of interest remains valid for a year and you will be able to update you profile during the entire validity period. For example, you may increase your chances of being invited by completing a language test or having a validated job offer in the province.
Anyone who meets the age requirement of 18 years may 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 and is based on the following human capital and labour market needs criteria:
Human Capital (maximum of 580 points)
Maximum points - Principal Applicant
Maximum points - Spouse or common-law partner
|Knowledge of French||180|
|Knowledge of French and English||80|
|Length of professional experience||100|
|Level of education||90|
70 (principal applicant with accompanying spouse)
10 (spouse or common-law partner of principal applicant)
Quebec Labour Market Needs (maximum of 740 points)
Maximum points - Principal Applicant
Maximum points - Spouse or common-law partner
Workforce diagnosis combined, if applicable, with the length of experience in the profession practiced;
|Field of training||60|
|Length of professional experience in Québec||100|
|Length of professional experience in the rest of Canada||30|
|Validated job offer combined, if applicable, instead of the job depending on whether it is located inside or outside the territory of Greater Montréal||380 (Outside of Greater Montreal Area|
180 (In Greater Montreal Area)
When invited, applicants receive a message in Arrima with the information they need to access the form and submit a permanent selection application.
The following is a summary of the latest round of invitations conducted using the Arrima pool of candidates and the corresponding selection criteria.
|Date of invitation||Number of invitations issued||Candidates had to meet the following criteria|
|September 39, 2021||536|
|September 2, 2021||517|
|August 26, 2021||585|
|August 19, 2021||502|
|August 12, 2021||515|
|June 17, 2021||69|
|May 27, 2021||90|
|April 29, 2021||83|
|March 30, 2021||208|
|January 26, 2021||95|
|December 16, 2020||233|
|September 24, 2020||365|
|June 18, 2020|
|January 16, 2020|
|December 17, 2019|
|December 12, 2019|
|October 29, 2019|
|October 23, 2019|
|September 25, 2019|
|September 4, 2019|
|August 19, 2019|
|July 17, 2019|
|July 4, 2019|
Arrima's is an online portal launched in 2018 to manage applications to Quebec's Regular Skilled Worker program (QSWP). Arrima primarily serves as a hub for Quebec's Expression of Interest (EOI) system, allowing interested applicants to submit an EOI to be considered for immigration. In addition, Arrima can be used to submit documents for many of Quebec's immigration programs, among them:
Yes. The Arrima portal is currently open for applications. To submit an application you will need a personal computer or tablet to access Arrima. The application does not support mobile phone navigation.
Creating an Arrima profile involves several steps:
1) Enter your email address, choose a password and confirm your registration in the system.
3) Receive confirmation that the account has been created.
Once submitted, your expression of interest will be valid for one year.
Yes, you can withdraw or cancel your EOI at any time in Arrima. You can also always recreate a profile and submit a new EOI at any time.
No. The use of Arrima is free.
Invitations can be sent at any time, so it is important to submit a profile in Arrima as soon as possible and to keep it up to date.
Provincial labour needs and immigration targets set by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration may affect the frequency of invitation rounds. For the most recent information on invitations issued by Arrima, see the section dedicated to it on this page.
Candidates who will have the best chances to be invited are those who accumulate the most points based on their social-professional characteristics when they enter in the EOI pool. Having a validated job offer from a Quebec employer, especially outside of the Montreal metropolitan area, working in a profession where there is a shortage or even a slight shortage of workers in Quebec, or having a good knowledge of French will give you an advantage.
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