Quebec held its biggest draw of the year, inviting 515 immigration candidates to apply for permanent selection on August 12.
Details of this latest round of invitations have been released today.
The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) invited candidates under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP) who had filed an Expression of Interest (EOI) in Quebec’s online registration portal, Arrima.
An EOI is not an application. It is a way for candidates to notify Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration that they would like to be considered for a Quebec Selection Certificate or CSQ. When they receive a CSQ candidates can apply for permanent residence with the federal government.
This is the first round of invitations since the introduction of a new classification system for RSWP immigration candidates.
Invited candidates fell into the following categories:
- their occupation was on the list of targeted occupations and they had a score of at least 591 points in the expression of interest bank;
- they had a valid job offer outside the territory of the Montreal Metropolitan Area;
- they reside in Quebec as a diplomat, consular official, United Nations representative or representative of any intergovernmental organization operating in the province, and their staff ;
- they are self-employed.
This new draw is the sixth of the year held by Quebec. Since the beginning of the year, the province has been conducting rounds of invitations on a monthly basis. A total of 1,060 candidates have now been invited to apply for permanent selection by the province.
Ultimately, it is up to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to make the final decision on immigration applications.
About Arrima Expression of Interest Pool
Arrima was introduced in 2018 to manage the pool of applicants for the RSWP and to simplify an application intake system that was formerly based on a “first-come, first-served” approach.
Candidates 18 years of age and older interested in immigrating to Quebec through the RSWP must first create an EOI profile in Arrima, after which they are placed in a pool of candidates.
In July, Quebec launched a new points system to rank the profiles of immigration candidates in the Arrima expression of interest pool.
Up to 1,320 points are available, of which 580 are for human capital factors and 740 for factors related to Quebec’s labour market needs.
The human capital criteria include French language ability, bilingual ability, age, work experience, and education.
The labour market factors include work experience in a field where there is a shortage, education in Quebec, work experience in the rest of Canada, and job opportunities inside and outside the Greater Montreal area. This last criterion carries significant weight since job offers outside the Montreal metropolitan area can be worth up to 380 points, while offers in Montreal obtain 180 points.
MIFI then invites the most qualified candidates to apply for permanent selection and candidates generally have 60 days to submit a complete immigration application, pay the required fees and present all other required documents.
Planned Immigration Levels
Both the Province of Quebec and the federal government have committed to increasing immigration targets for the coming years. In 2021, Quebec aims to welcome up to 47,500 newcomers. Meanwhile, Canada aims to welcome more than 400,000 immigrants under its various immigration programs over the next year.
If you received an invitation to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about the next steps regarding your application.
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