August 16th 2016 – Quebec immigration authorities received today the maximum of 5,000 new applications under its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). The quota of 5000 applications was received before noon.
This was the second intake period held in 2016 by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (MIDI).
Profiles created by applicants who could not submit their applications today will be deleted by Quebec immigration authorities at a later date. The date of deletion will be announced by immigration authorities.
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.
Unlike the federal Express Entry immigration system or other Provincial Nominee Programs, Quebec, under its current system, remains the only program in Canada where skilled worker applicants are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
However, Quebec immigration authorities are currently devising a new system that will operate under an Expression of Interest basis. Under the Expression of Interest system, applicants will submit a profile into a pool of candidates and will be ranked against others in the pool.
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.
The new expression of interest system is expected to come into effect in early 2017.
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