Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)

Quebec immigration selection system for Quebec Skilled Workers is designed to choose immigration candidates who are likely to establish economically in Quebec. These candidates are evaluated under a different system compared to candidates wanting to settle elsewhere in Canada, called Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)

Quebec immigration recently introduced a new system called Arima. Arima is a system like Federal Express Entry system that manages the Expression of Interest (EOI) for new applications. The system requires the candidates to submit their personal and detailed information to submit an EOI and be considered for QSW. Once the candidates submit an EOI, Quebec will choose high ranking candidates and invite them to submit applications for Certificat de selection du Quebec (CSQ).

Two-step process for Quebec selected Skilled Workers

Step 1: The candidate must first apply to the Quebec government for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ).  This is the official document that shows that the Government of Quebec has evaluated them against their own selection criteria and accepted them for immigration Quebec.

Step 2: After the candidate has been selected by Quebec and obtained a CSQ, they must submit an application to CIC for permanent residence.  A CIC officer will then evaluate their application for medical, security and criminal checks based on Canadian immigration regulations.

Selection factors in the point grid

Selection is made using a point grid which evaluates several selection criteria. Points are given for each of these selection factors. In order to quality a single candidate must score a minimum of 50 points, whereas a candidate with a spouse or common-law partner must score a minimum of 59 points.

The following employability, social and professional factors are considered:

  • Age (Maximum 16 points)
  • Training & education (Maximum 26 points)
  • Candidate’s work experience (Maximum 8 points)
  • Language proficiency- English and French (Maximum 22 points)
  • Stays and family relationship in Québec (Maximum 8 points)
  • Offer of employment (Maximum 10 points)
  • Details of candidate’s accompanying spouse or common-law spouse, if applicable (Maximum 17 points)
  • Accompanying children under the age of 21 or under (Maximum 8 points)
  • Financial self-sufficiency strength (Maximum 1 point)

Quebec is a great option to immigrate under the QSW program as the candidate doesn’t require a job and can apply from within or outside Canada. Also, there are no settlement funds threshold that the candidate has to demonstrate. And, there is flexibility for language proficiency. Unlike Express Entry, there is no minimum score requirement to submit your application.


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