The province of Quebec has released its Immigration Plan for 2019. Under the Plan, up to 42,000 new permanent residents will be admitted into the province in 2019, majority of which will come through Quebec’s economic immigration programs, including the province’s popular Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
Admissions through economic immigration programs, which consist of skilled workers, business people and their family members, will make up nearly 59 per cent of total admission in 2019. This percentage represents 23,450 admission targets for economic immigration programs, with skilled workers representing 19,500 of projected arrivals in 2019.
QSWP Selection Factors and Criteria
The QSWP is designed for newcomers who meet a points threshold based on human capital factors, including areas of training, work experience, age, language proficiency in French and/or English, prior connections with Quebec (through visits or family), and the human capital of the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner (if applicable).
The first step in this process is to express your interest in the QSWP by creating and submitting your profile via an online platform called the Arrima Portal. Your expression will be deposited in the Expression of Interest Bank (EIB). You can submit your expression of interest online, free-of-charge. It allows you to express your interest in immigrating to Québec, at any time. You won’t need to provide any documents at this stage. The expression of interest form contains the following information:
– Personal information
– Contact information
– Family situatino
– Status in Québec
– Work experience
– Job offer validated by the Ministère, if you have one
– Knowledge of French and English
– Additional informations
You can access your EI form at any time to update it, even after it has been deposited in the EIB.
Selection factors in the point grid
Selection is made on the basis of a selection grid, with points awarded on the basis of various selection factors and criteria. The assessment of your application will determine whether you obtain a sufficient number of points to be selected by Québec. See Summary grid of factors and criteria used to select skilled workers for the selection factors and criteria, the weighting and the passing scores that apply to skilled workers.
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The selection factors and criteria are designed to assess your social and professional profile (as well as your spouse’s, if applicable) and help determine your potential for integrating into the Québec labour market and Québec society? The factors and criteria considered are:
Your training (level of education and area of training). Please note that since December 31, 2015, only diplomas obtained before the submission of your application are considered in the attribution of points for the Education Level criterion;
Characteristics of your accompanying spouse or de facto spouse, if applicable
Other factors, incuding the number of children under the age of 22 who will be accompanying you to Québec
Your capacity for financial self-sufficiency (you must sign a contract in which you undertake to provide for your needs and your family’s needs for at least the first three months following your arrival in Québec).
The Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).
The Quebec Ministry of Immigration also aims to issue up to 24,800 Quebec Selection Certificate, or certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQs) in 2019. With a CSQ, newcomers to Canada can apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for a permanent residence visa.
Under Quebec’s 2019 Immigration plan, the majority of CSQs, up to 15,000, will be issued to skilled workers and the second highest category of selections, 5,500, will go to state-assisted refugees and sponsored refugees.
The Quebec Experience Class (PEQ).
The PEQ is a separate program, designed to help foreign workers and international students in the province settle permanently. PEQ applicants are required to prove advanced-intermediate French ability. Certificates issued to PEQ applicants receive priority processing, with applicants often receiving a decision on their CSQ application within weeks of applying (if an interview is not required).
Quebec Business Immigration Programs
Quebec also offers a wide range of business immigration programs for investors, entrepreneurs, and self-employed individuals. The province expects to issue between 4,500 and 5,500 CSQs to business applicants in 2019. The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) is particularly popular, as it offers a passive investment opportunity, guaranteed by a Quebec government entity.
Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ – Québec experience program)
Are you currently residing in Québec for work or studies and wish to settle here permanently? Find out about the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (Québec experience program), a quick and easy way to gain access to permanent immigration.