Quebec is a province located in eastern Canada whose main language is French. It is steeped in rich European culture and history with vibrant cities like Montreal and Quebec City. Quebec has a fantastic education system as well as a stable economy, excelling predominantly in aerospace, information and communications technologies, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical sectors.
If you want to migrate to Canada as a Permanent Resident, specifically to the province of Quebec as a skilled professional, there are different immigration streams available. The province of Quebec has its own set of rules for choosing immigration which it has agreed with the Government of Canada.
In order to obtain PR in Quebec you first have to obtain the Quebec Selection Certification (QSC) to the Province of Quebec. You will get the Quebec Selection Certificate (QSC) if you are selected. Once you are selected you will have to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada for permanent residence
One of the ways to obtain a QSC is through the Regular Skilled Worker Program. You can check out all the immigrations streams at this link. In this blog, we will cover what is the Regular Skilled Worker Program, who can apply for it, what is the process and other details such as processing times and fees.
The Skilled Worker Program provides skilled and experienced professionals the opportunity to work and immigrate to Quebec. You will be required to show interest in immigrating to Quebec. Candidates are evaluated according to a selection grid of nine factors. If your profile matches the requirement criteria, you will receive an invitation to submit an application for Permanent Selection. Candidates with the highest number of points are provided the Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). The selection certificate can later be converted into a permanent residence by applying to the Government of Canada.
Who can apply?
Qualification for the Quebec Immigration Skilled Worker Program is dictated by a selection grid of nine elements including age, instruction, work insight, and familiarity with English and French. Quebec Skilled Worker Program points are awarded according to these Immigration Quebec selection criteria in order to identify which possible immigrants are most likely to flourish economically once in Quebec. To meet all requirements for migration to Canada as a Quebec-selected skilled worker, an independent candidate should score somewhere around 50 focuses. Potential foreigners who apply with a companion or a customary law accomplice should score somewhere around 59 focuses to be qualified for the QSW Program.
How to Apply for the Selection Certificate?
The Québec Ministère de l’Immigration, Francisation et Integration (MIFI) launched the Arrima online portal to manage applications to the Skilled Worker program. Anyone wishing to immigrate to Québec under the Skilled Worker Program must go through the Arrima Portal.
The Arrima immigration application management system is based on an Expression of Interest (EOI) and follows a process–
- Create an Expression of Interest(EOI) profile in the Arrima portal to enter their pool.
- Based on your score and labor market needs, Candidates drawn from the Quebec expression of interest pool will be invited to apply for the Selection Certificate. If you are invited, you will receive a communication in your Arrima message center with the information needed to access the form and submit a permanent selection application.
- Once you receive the invitation you will be required to submit a permanent selection application form. Documents need to be submitted within 30 days and pay the processing fees from the date you receive the invitation.
- After submitting your permanent selection application, you will receive a personalized list of documents to provide to support your application. You will also receive an application to obtain attestation of learning about Democratic and Quebec values.
- You will then need to send the forms to the below address.
Direction de l’enregistrement et de l’évaluation comparative
Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
285, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1T8
- Pay your Application fees once you have submitted your application. Fees can be found at this link.
- Processing of your application will take 6 months assuming your application is complete.
- Once submitted there are 3 outcomes. You will either be selected, rejected or your application will be refused. Candidates who are selected may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent residence. You will always receive an email notification when communication is filed in your Arrima message center.
How to Apply for Canadian PR
There are 3 main steps to apply for PR once you get the Selection Certificate from the Quebec Government-
Get the application package.
The application package will have all the necessary forms and guides to fill out the PR application. You will need to fill out the forms, print and sign them. It is important that you provide all details truthfully and completely.
Pay your Application Fees
You will need to pay the Administration fees, right of permanent residence fee, biometric fees and any third party fees such as Police Certificates, Medical exams online. You can find the list of all fees at this link. The fees are usually up to 1325 CAD.
Submit your Application.
Once you have completed your forms and paid the fees, it’s time to submit the Application. Make sure to double-check if you have signed all forms properly. Incomplete applications will be returned. You will have to mail your application mentioned in the instruction guide.
After you apply for Canadian PR
Once you submit your application with all the fees paid, you will have to take your biometrics test. You will get a letter from the government to give biometrics. It’s ideal to take it as soon as possible. You only have 30 days to take the biometric test. Similarly, they will also send you instructions to take your Medical Tests and ask you to provide a police certificate if they deem it necessary. Meanwhile, the IRCC will be checking your application for Completeness, payment and other necessary documents. If you forget something, your application will not be processed and will be sent back to you. When IRCC receives your complete application, they will tell you what you need to do and what happens next. You can check your application status online.
A decision will be made on your application based on:
- whether you’re eligible for the program
- whether you have the funds to support yourself and your family when you arrive in Canada
- the results of your medical exam
- the information on your police certificate
Once your application is approved you will get a CoPR (Confirmation of PR) and a PR visa.
You have to note that the CoPR has an expiry date. Your next steps depend on whether you are inside or outside Canada. Details can be found at this link.
How long does this process take?
While there is no fixed answer, the processing time for the Quebec selection certificate is anywhere between 6 months to 1 year depending on how quickly you can work. On top of that, the PR process can take anywhere from 15 months to 17 months. So it’s important to follow all instructions carefully and prudently so that you do not waste time due to incomplete applications.
Requirement Appendix for the Selection Certificate-
- The education required is just a Vocational Diploma or a general High School education
- More preference is given to vocational training compared to High School education for eg if you have a vocational training certificate for 2 years or more.
- You don’t need to evaluate your education or an EA document from WES or any other education credential assessment organization which is required in the Express Entry & most PNP programs
- Your cumulative work experience has to be of a minimum period of 5 years
- You get points for work experience if you have at least 6 months of experience in NOC O, A, B, and C
- For those with experience in NOC D, you can apply only if you have a valid job offer from an employer in Quebec
- These NOC D skill level jobs usually require on-the-job training and do not have any particular educational requirements (e.g., a job in a fast-food restaurant, etc.)
- A French-language test like TCF or TEF would be a priority and it would give you more points since the primary language in Quebec is French
- You will need an ELTS (General) test for English
- Although a minimum CLB level is NOT required unlike other programs, the higher CLB level is, the more points you will get in the selection grid
- As French is given higher preference, you get a maximum score of 60 points for your French language test, and a maximum score of only 6 points for your English test
Proof of Funds/ Settlement Funds:
You need to have funds that will sustain yourself and your family for at least a period of three months after you land in Quebec.
The basic need of main family units for the three-month period after arrival in Quebec:
|One adult||Two adult|
|One child (-18 years)||$4,358||$5,328|
|Two children ( -18 years)||$4,919||$5,750|
|Three children (-18 years)||$5,481||$6,173|
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