The Quebec government has revealed important details under its popular skilled worker immigration program that is set to reopen on November 4, 2015. It plans to receive 6300 new applications during the 2015-2016 period. The Quebec program features more than 75 eligible occupations and areas of training that will enable applicants to qualify for a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ), without a job offer.
Ability to communicate in the french language is often not required.
The period of reception for applications under the Quebec skilled worker program will operate under two systems.
November 4 – December 15, 2015:
Maximum 3500 applications will be accepted by Post.
(NOTE: The maximum number of applications by post was received as of November 10, 2015. This intake period is currently closed).
January 18 – March 31, 2016:
Maximum 2800 applications will be accepted via the internet.
Unlike the federal Express Entry immigration system or programs offered by other provinces under Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), Quebec remains the only program in Canada where skilled worker applicants can predict their chances for admission on the basis of their proven qualifications. Applicants, who reach a passing score under the Quebec system, receive a CSQ which enables them to qualify for Canadian permanent residence.
A Quebec skilled worker is foreign national who intends to settle in Quebec to hold employment the foreign national is likely able to hold. This determination is made using a point 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), children and adaptability.
Applicants in a wide range of areas including Management and Financial Services, Engineering and Information Technology and Health Care, have the best chances to succeed under the Quebec Skilled Worker program.
The Quebec application selection process follows a multi-stage assessment process each with minimum cut-off scores. Applicants with a passing score are issued a Quebec Certificate of Selection 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 provided under the Canadian Charter.
Quebec has received worldwide attention as a popular immigration destination. Recently, the City of Montreal was rated by the Economist magazine, second to Toronto, as the best place in the world to live.
“Montreal is a vibrant metropolis and continues to offer outstanding economic opportunities and quality of life”, says Attorney Colin Singer, Managing Partner of www.immigration.ca and Global Recruiters of Montreal (www.grnmontreal.com).
“For those who are interested in relocating to Canada, the Quebec program offers distinct advantages. First, it manages the largest immigration program among all the provinces in Canada. Second, it does not permit the Minister to actively pick and choose the applicants it wants. This provides applicants to Quebec with more predictability of outcome over the federal Express Entry system and other provincial immigration programs” says Attorney Singer.
Overall, Quebec plans to receive approximately 50,000 immigrants in 2016, under all classes, including nearly 30,000 skilled workers. This is consistent with the immigration levels in 2015.
If previous indicators are a valid measure, Quebec’s quota of 6300 under the skilled worker program will likely fill quickly. However applicants with a valid job offer, previous work experience in Quebec or having completed a valid period of study in Quebec may also qualify under the Quebec Experience Class and would not be subject to the skilled worker program quota.
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Newfoundland and Labrador has been witnessing a steady increase in inflow of skilled immigrants with the inflow rates doubling the past eight years. From 450 per year in 2007, the number of skilled immigrants coming to the province is expected to cross 1000 in 2015. While more and more skilled immigrants are coming, it remains to be seen whether they can be convinced to stay put in the province.
The Minister for Advanced Education and Skills of the provincial government opined that Newfoundland and Labrador is now being seen as a good place to live for not just its employment opportunities and high wages, but also for its culture and the safe lifestyle that it offers to immigrants.
The Minister highlighted that the fact that the province is one of the better-performing economies in Canada has been a huge factor in attracting immigrants. Currently, majority of the immigrants sponsored under the Provincial Nominee Program reside in the St. John’s Metropolitan Area. Around 46% of the immigrants have moved to other parts of the province.
This concentration of immigrants in the St. John area is a challenge for employers in other regions who are desperately seeking skilled workers for positions that don’t attract a lot of applications. As on date, 80% of all the immigrants in this province have come under skilled worker category. The remaining 20% have been nominated under the international graduate category.
The Minister pointed out that immigrant has helped employers meet evolving needs of the labor market. He emphasized that the government was committed to promotion of workforce development through retention of experienced and skilled workers and their families in the province.
The Provincial Government has been active in immigration job fairs in Ireland and France and has been attracting workers with skill and experience in mining and oil and gas industries. Despite businesses in these sectors witnessing a prolonged downswing, the Minister is not worried and is certain that inflow of skilled workers coming from outside will be enough to replace the aging population of the province.
Rejected immigration applicants say that Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker program is confusing and arbitrary when it comes to PhD candidates.
Two years ago Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduced a special PhD candidate stream into Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker immigration program. The stream was intended to attract and retain smart, young, language-proficient immigrants to Canada.
“Doctoral graduates play a unique role in the economy,” said minister of state Gary Goodyear upon announcing the new option. “They drive research, encourage innovation and pass on their knowledge through teaching. And quite simply, Canada needs more of them.”
However, recently rejected PhD candidates say it is unclear to them why their applications were rejected, as they felt they had met all of the necessary requirements to qualify, including having the minimum 67 out of a possible 100 points.
Skilled immigrants are awarded points based on factors such as language, age, education and experience. But applicants must submit acceptable proof of these factors. Sometimes those applying on their own are unable to navigate the complex system.
This was the case for two University of Toronto PhD candidates who believe they submitted the necessary documentation, but were rejected and still do not understand why. Most critically, it appears as though their proof of Canadian education, as well as proof of level of education were the determining factors – despite their current standings in Canada. They also say that they have found inconsistencies among CIC documents stating the requirements.
Though these particular students have said they cannot afford the legal costs of an appeal, they are hoping that raising public awareness will help CIC clarify what, exactly, it expects of PhD stream candidates.
Source: Toronto Star
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