July 19th 2016 – The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) will be open to 5,000 additional applications on a first-come, first-served basis from August 16th to August 22nd.
This is the second intake period announced by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (MIDI).
Candidates are already able to create the required online user account in order to submit an application for a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ).
Applicants who qualify under the Quebec Experience Program or with a validated job offer may submit an application anytime and are not confined to an intake period. Additionally, applicants with a valid study or work permit are not confined to an intake period.
The Areas of Training list features a wide range of studies awarding points to applicants (and a spouse or de facto spouse) for diplomas acquired outside Quebec or obtained in Quebec or recognized as Quebec equivalent.
QSWP aims to select candidates with the highest probability of successful economic settlement. Foreign nationals wishing to settle permanently in Quebec must undergo a two-step immigration process.
They must first be selected by MIDI to receive a CSQ.
Then an approved CSQ holder must file an application with the federal immigration authorities. The federal government’s role in evaluating a Quebec application for permanent residence is limited to issues of health and criminality.
Unlike the federal Express Entry immigration system or other Provincial Nominee Programs, Quebec remains the only program in Canada where skilled worker applicants are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and can predict their chances for admission on the basis of their proven qualifications.
What is a Quebec Skilled Worker?
A Quebec skilled worker is foreign national who intends to settle in Quebec and hold employment. This determination is made using a points system which evaluates the candidate’s area of training, education, experience, age, language, qualifications of a partner or spouse, offer of employment (which is not required), and children.
Applicants in a wide range of areas, including management, financial services, engineering, information technology and health care, have the best chance of success.
The Quebec application selection process features a multi-stage assessment, each with minimum cut-off scores.
Applicants with a passing score are issued a CSQ and may apply to the federal authorities for entry to Canada. Once admitted, a permanent resident enjoys all the rights and freedoms of labour mobility throughout Canada.
Quebec has received worldwide attention as a popular immigration destination. Last year, Montreal was rated by the Economist as the second best place in the world to live. Toronto topped the list.
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