The Quebec Expression of Interest system will start issuing invitations in the coming weeks. Around 115000 profiles have already been registered in the ‘Arrima’, the Quebec Expression of Interest system, ever since it was started in September 2018.
The Quebec’s immigration ministry (MIDI) has announced: “From now on, the department will use a new system, which makes it possible to invite, as a matter of priority, a permanent selection request to those who best meet the needs of Québec.
“The minister will invite those who have filed a declaration of interest and who meet the conditions set out in the law to submit a request for permanent selection.”
In the initial rounds of invitation, the Quebec Expression of Interest system will give priority to those candidates who applied under the old system before August 2, 2018 and were living in Quebec when they submitted the application or when Bill 9 was passed. However, the candidates must have submitted an application through Arrima.
Quebec Expression of Interest system
The Quebec Expression of Interest system operates in similar ways to the federal Express Entry system. The Expression of Interests submitted by the candidates will go to a pool of selected candidates. These profiles will then be ranked on the basis of certain eligibility factors. The highest-scoring candidates will be invited to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate in the draws that are conducted regularly. The profiles will remain valid for 12 months. In order to be considered for invitation, the candidates must first submit an Expression of Interest in Arrima.
MIDI has revealed that priority is given to those candidates who demonstrate the ability to integrate to the Quebec community faster. The applications for the Quebec Selection Certificate are classified under two categories–one is of candidates living in Quebec, have a job offer and meet specific criteria. The other is of candidates who live outside Quebec and meet other criteria.
The invited candidates can submit the complete application within 90 days of receiving the invitation. The candidates who obtain the Quebec Selection Certificate can apply for Canadian permanent residence.
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