In the second largest Quebec Arrima draw held recently, the province invited 1009 immigration candidates to apply for the Quebec Selection Certificate or CSQ. The draw targeted candidates with work experience in sectors such as technology, health and education. A week before that, the French-speaking province had issued a total of 1202 in the largest ever Expression of Interest draw.
In the latest draw held on September 15, the minimum score required for the candidate to receive an invitation was 563. They were also required to have a valid job offer outside Montreal area. So, in September alone, Quebec issued a total of 2211 invitations. The total number of invitations issued in the rest of the months of 2022 was 2641.
Quebec Arrima draw – Expression of Interest system
The Arrima system or Quebec’s Expression of Interest system manages applications under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program or QSWP. In order to receive an invitation in a Quebec Expression of Interest draw, a candidate must first submit an online Expression of Interest through the Quebec Arrima system. The Quebec Arrima system assesses and ranks each profile on the basis of a points system and the profiles remain valid for 12 months.
The eligibility factors assessed in the Quebec Expression of Interest system include language ability, especially French, age, work experience and education. Those with the highest scores will be invited to apply for a Quebec Certification of Selection in the periodic draws. Those who receive the invitation in a draw may submit the complete application within 60 days. The selected candidates will receive a nomination certificate or CSQ with which, they may apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Quebec is facing a chronic labour shortage problem, which has intensified after the pandemic period. According to Statistic Canada’s latest data, Quebec had 246300 jobs lying vacant. The main pathway for immigrants to move to Quebec is Regular Skilled Worker Program pathway. This year, Quebec is planning to welcome 71275 new permanent residents. It shows an increase of 41.7 per cent compared to the 50285 immigrants welcomed last year. Businesses in Quebec are putting pressure on the government to allow more immigrants to come to the province.
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