The Canadian province of Quebec has recently introduced Express Entry-style ‘Expression of Interest’ immigration system for its highly popular Quebec Skilled Worker Program. By launching the new system, Quebec, the second-most-populated province of Canada, aims to reduce the processing time of immigration applications.
Under the new system, eligible candidates interested in applying for Quebec migration must first enter a pool of candidates. The candidates selected from this pool will be invited by the Government of Quebec to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ), with which they can apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Here are the five steps of applying for Quebec Selection Certificate under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program:
Filing a declaration of interest
The first step in applying for Quebec Selection Certificate under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program is filing a Declaration of Interest. Anyone above the age of 18 can create an account in the new Arrima portal and submit the Declaration of Interest form. Your Declaration of Interest will remain valid for 12 months. If you are not invited to apply for CSQ during this period, you will have to submit a new Declaration of Interest.
Receiving invitation to apply
Quebec Government will invite the candidates with the skills and qualifications to meet the needs of Quebec labour market from the pool of candidates. The selection will be based on three categories of criteria:
-Human capital criteria that include age, proficiency in French, education qualification etc.
-Criteria that determine the candidate’s ability to integrate into the Quebec labour market
-Criteria related to the changing needs Quebec labour market
Other important factors that will be taken into consideration:
-A validated job offer
-A Quebec diploma
-Temporary worker status with minimum six months of Quebec work experience
Apply for Quebec Selection Certificate
If you have received an invitation to apply for CSQ, you will be directed to access your space in My Quebec project using the confidential information provided to you. Now you need to complete the application and pay the fees. You have to submit the completed application within 90 days of receiving the invitation.
Submit required documents
A list of required documents will be sent to the candidates who have submitted a completed application. The documents have to be sent by mail within 90 days. Once the Quebec immigration authorities receive these documents, they will start reviewing the candidate’s profile. The documents must be duly completed and signed. They must also be submitted in the required format.
Processing of application
The Quebec immigration authorities will check whether your application is complete and you have submitted all the required documents. If yes, they will go ahead reviewing your application for selection. The application will be assessed on the basis of the selection grid for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. On the other hand, if there are any discrepancies in your application or documents, you will be informed through a message.
If the Quebec immigration authorities select you, you will receive your Certificate of Selection of Quebec by mail. In some cases, an interview might be conducted before selecting the candidate.
Quebec is a place of vast opportunities. Applying in the right manner is crucial for being selected for Quebec migration. Contact us for expert assistance and more information!