Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francization and Integration (MIFI) recently released the details of the second Arrima draw of the year, which was held on June 18. The first Arrima draw of the year was held six months ago, in January 2020.
In the latest draw held on June 18, Quebec invited seven candidates to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). These candidates are either those who were exempt from the cap that was in place when they had applied for a CSQ for the first time or were residing in Quebec when the province quashed around 16,000 Regular Skilled Worker Program applications as part of their immigration reforms. Though the government had earlier stated that the invitation rounds for such candidates would take place only until January 16, 2020, they were invited in the June 18 draw too.
For receiving an invitation to apply for a CSQ in an Arrima draw, you must first file an Expression of Interest(EoI) with the MIFI. In the latest draw, those who had submitted their Expressions of Interest before December 17, 2019 were prioritized. Another requirement was that they must have been either a temporary resident of Quebec at the time of submitting the Expression of Interest or must have held a study/work permit in Quebec at that time.
Quebec introduced the Arrima system in 2018 with an aim to manage the applications to the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker program after it switched from a paper-based “first-come, first-served” basis to an Expression of Interest system. Those who are invited in the Arrima draws may apply for a CSQ, with which, they can apply for permanent residence in Quebec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program.
Those who submit an EoI under the Arrima system find a place in a pool of candidates and each one of them is assessed and ranked on the basis of a score or other criteria. Then, the Immigration authorities of Quebec invite the eligible applicants based on either the candidate’s score or other factors such as the labour needs of the province.
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