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Quebec Invites 444 Candidates In Latest Expression of Interest Draw

Quebec immigration has announced the details of the latest draw under its new Expression of Interest system, known at Arrima.

The draw saw 444 invitations to apply to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program issued on August 19, 2019. The profiles were extracted from the Arrima bank on August 15, 2019.

The draw saw 444 invitations to apply to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program issued on August 19, 2019. The profiles were extracted from the Arrima bank on August 15, 2019.

The invites were issued to candidates who met the following criteria:

  • Their application to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program under the old system was terminated as part of the governing Coalition Avenir Quebec’s Bill 9.
  • They filed an Arrima Expression of Interest before December 17, 2019.
  • They were in one of the following situations:
    • Their terminated application was submitted pursuant to section 5.01 of the Regulation respecting the selection of foreign nationals, OR
    • They were staying in Quebec on June 16, 2019 while holding a study or work permit.

This was the third draw to take place under Quebec Expression of Interest, with 1,394 invites issued to date.

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Quebec Expression Of Interest Draws 2019

Date of invitations Invites Issued Date of extraction from Arrima bank
19-Aug-19 444 August 15, 2019 at 6:30
17-Jul-19 259 July 15, 2019 at 6:30
04-Jul-19 691 July 2, 2019 at 6:30

How Does Quebec Expression of Interest Work?

  1. Candidates submit an online expression of interest profile to the MIDI.
  2. Profiles enter into an Expression of Interest pool, where they are ranked against each other and are valid for 12-months.
  3. Profiles will be classified in two categories: one for candidates who are living in Quebec or have a job offer and meet specific criteria, and the another for candidates living outside Quebec and meet specific criteria.
  4. The highest-ranking candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a Quebec Certificate of Selection under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.
  5. Quebec will conduct periodic draws, inviting candidates to apply for a Quebec certificate of selection (CSQ).
  6. Candidates receiving an invitation have 60 days to submit a full application.
  7. Approved candidates who receive a nomination certificate (CSQ) may then apply for Canadian permanent residence.

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What Are the Requirements for Quebec Expression of Interest?

Candidates are ranked under many factors including education, work experience, age, language ability and time spent in Quebec. A valid job offer is also an important factor.

The qualifications of a candidate’s spouse or partner are also considered.

According to the decision published on August 1st, 2018, the first category refers to candidates who:

  • Have a validated job offer outside the Metropolitan Community of Montreal;
  • Have a validated job offer in the Metropolitan Community of Montreal;
  • Are currently living in Quebec AND:
    • They have a post-graduate work permit, obtained following the graduation from an eligible study program in Quebec (diploma attesting at least 900 hours of instruction, diploma of collegial studies attesting at least 12 months of full-time studies, undergraduate degree of at least 12 months of full-time studies, or graduate degrees such as masters, specialized graduate diplomas or PhDs); or
    • They have a work permit with a validity of at least 12 months and they have worked in Quebec full-time for at least 6 months.

These candidates are ranked based on the following criteria:

  1. Age
  2. Level of education
  3. Diploma obtained in Quebec
  4. Proficiency in French
  5. Proficiency in other languages
  6. Work experience in Canada or in the United States
  7. Spouse/common-law partner’s qualifications: level of education and proficiency in the French language.
  8. Transferability skills:
    1. Level of education with French proficiency (either the main applicant’s or the spouse’s, depending on which score is highest)
    2. Level of education with French proficiency and work experience in Canada or US
    3. Foreign work experience with French proficiency
    4. Foreign work experience with French proficiency and work experience in Canada or US

The second category refers to candidates who are not residing in Quebec. They are ranked on the following criteria:

  1. Age
  2. Level of education
  3. Are of training in-demand, as published by the government
  4. Diploma obtained in Quebec
  5. Proficiency in French
  6. Proficiency in other languages
  7. Work experience in Canada or in the United States
  8. Spouse/common-law partner’s qualifications: level of education and proficiency in the French language.
  9. Transferability skills:
    1. Level of education with French proficiency (either the main applicant’s or the spouse’s, depending on which score is highest)
    2. Level of education with French proficiency and work experience in Canada or US
    3. Foreign work experience with French proficiency
    4. Foreign work experience with French proficiency and work experience in Canada or US

What Points Are Available Under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program?

Candidates selected to apply for a CSQ under the Quebec Skilled worker program must pass the threshold for the selection factors, which is 50 points for a single candidate and 59 points for a married candidate.

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Selection factors in the point grid

Profile factor Max points available
Education 14
Areas of training 12
Work experience 8
Age 16
Language proficiency 22
Time spent and family in Quebec 8
Spouse/common-law partner 17
Job offer 14
Accompanying children 8
Financial self-sufficiency 1

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