The Government of Quebec announced on August 17 that the new Expression of Interest portal, Arrima, will begin accepting profile submissions to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) in September 2018.
Quebec's Immigration Ministry, the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI), aims to facilitate the process of permanent immigration through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) by moving away from the first-come, first-served approach to an Expression of Interest (EOI) system.
In a news release, MIDI said the new Arrima system will help:
- reduce processing times of permanent residence applications; and
- accelerate the integration of eligible skilled workers in Quebec.
The QSWP's Expression of Interest system will require those interested in the program to complete a profile in order to be entered into Quebec's Expression of Interest Bank. Once in the bank, candidate profiles will be ranked based on the information submitted.
The table below provides a comparison between Quebec's first-come, first-served and Expression of Interest model.
Old Quebec Skilled Worker system
|New Quebec Skilled Worker system|
|First-come, first-served model||Expression of Interest model|
|Interested individuals submit their application through the Mon project Quebec online application intake portal||Interested individuals declare their interest in the program and enter the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank by completing an online profile submitted via the Arrima portal|
|Single applicants must score at least 50 points, and applicants with a spouse/common-law partner must score at least 59 points across 10 selection factors||Candidates in the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank will be assigned a score and ranked based on various factors.|
|Candidates wait for intake periods or submit an application that remains filed in the Quebec system for an indeterminate length of time||Candidates who are successfully selected from the Quebec Expression of Interest bank are issued invitations to apply for a CSQ.|
|Limited intake thresholds for non-cap-exempt applicants||No limit on the number Expression of interest profiles submitted to the system|
Learn more about this update in our latest CICNews article.