Mohanad Moetaz - 18 January, 2021
They will be able to submit their applications, upload the required documents and pay the required fees through the platform.
Quebec has previously announced that as of January 26, applications must be online. The Quebec Ministry of Immigration will no longer accept paper applications after that date.
Other immigration programs will also undergo this change.
Applicants to the Quebec Foreign Student Program have been able to submit their applications online since last spring. As of January 26, they will also be subject to the same requirement of submitting their applications online.
In addition, Quebec will be launching three new permanent immigration pilots. These programs are expected to be introduced in the coming weeks, and will be specific to workers in the health, computer and food processing sectors.
The submission of the required documents for these pilots will also be required to be through the Arrima portal.
What is Arrima?
The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) introduced an online platform called Arrima in 2019. Its purpose was to collect expressions of interests from skilled workers who would like to immigrate to Quebec through the province's Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)
Foreign nationals were assessed through the portal based on the information provided. Assessment is based on factors such as their work experience, language skills and education. Those who are eligible may receive a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ). This document is required to immigrate to Quebec.
The platform was introduced so that immigration is better aligned with the province's labour needs. Quebec's system before Arrima was on a first come, first serve basis, with very long delays.
The platform has been expanded to include other immigration programs. The Arrima portal is now available to foreign nationals who wish to move to Quebec permanently or temporarily, not only through the QSWP, but also the PEQ and the Foreign Student Program.