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Quebec Opens new Option to Immigrate to Canada through Skilled Worker Program

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Canadian and Quebec flags for article on immigration to Canada through QuebecNew first-come, first-served pathway to Canadian permanent residence will receive up to 6,300 applications

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has reopened, with potential applicants from around the world moving quickly to prepare and submit an application as early as possible during the current application cycle, which began on November 4, 2015.

News of the reopening of the QSWP was reported last week by CICNews, who notified readers that the program operates on a first-come, first-served basis.  This aspect marks the QSWP as a more assured and straightforward way of obtaining Canadian permanent residence compared with the federal economic immigration programs that are processed through the Express Entry selection system. If an applicant is eligible for the QSWP and submits a complete application within the timeframe set by the government of Quebec, he or she may have a clear path towards Canadian immigration.

The application cycle for the QSWP will be split into two periods. The first, which will run from November 4 to December 15, 2015, will accept up to 3,500 postal applications only. This intake period is currently open. The second intake period, which will run from January 18 to March 31, 2016, will process up to 2,800 applications online.

Quebec Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Worker: What are the differences?

The QSWP and Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Class are fundamentally different programs that both result in the same end result: Canadian permanent residence. Because the methods, timelines, processes, and selection factors are different, potential applicants may see added value in one program over the other.

Indeed, potential applicants may benefit from pursuing Canadian permanent residence through both programs simultaneously, thereby increasing their chances of obtaining Canadian permanent resident status. According to the governments of Quebec and Canada, candidates can apply under the QSWP and submit an Express Entry profile, as long as they withdraw one when either a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) or Invitation to Apply (ITA) is issued.

The QSWP may be an enticing option for individuals who wish to make an application to immigrate to Canada without having to be invited to apply, as well as individuals who are in the Express Entry pool and wish to increase their chances of successfully immigrating to Canada.

The following table outlines some of the major differences between the QSWP and the FSW Class.

 

Quebec Skilled Worker

Federal Skilled Worker

Is the program first-come, first served?

Yes

No

Is the program managed through Express Entry?

No

Yes

Is there a pool of candidates?

No, the program operates on a first-come, first-served basis

Yes, the Express Entry pool

Is there a points system?

Yes

Yes, both for eligibility and in the Express Entry pool

Do candidates need to submit an online profile?

No

Yes

Do candidates need to receive an Invitation to Apply before applying?

No

Yes

Is French proficiency a requirement for the program?

No, but points may be awarded for French

No, but points are available for French

Is language testing mandatory?

No, but up to 22 points are available for English (6) and French (16) proficiency

Yes, candidates must prove language proficiency in English and/or French

Is there a ranking system for eligible candidates?

No

Yes, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Is a job offer required in order to make an application?

No

No

Can a job offer help an applicant become eligible to make an application?

Yes, points are available for a validated job offer in Quebec

Yes, points are available for initial eligibility and under the CRS

Is there an Area of Training list?

Yes, and up to 16 points may be awarded for a candidate’s Area of Training

No

Is there an occupation list?

No

No, but candidates must have at least one year of work experience in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B)

Is there an adaptability interview?

No

No

Can candidates apply to both the QSW and the FSW?

Yes, as long as they withdraw one when either a CSQ or ITA is issued

Yes, as long as they withdraw one when either a CSQ or ITA is issued

Where should applicants intend on landing in Canada?

Quebec

Any province or territory except Quebec

Does an application to the program eventually lead to Canadian permanent resident status?

Yes,  successful candidates first receive a CSQ, then apply to CIC for permanent resident status

Yes, successful candidates obtain permanent resident status

Can permanent residents live and work in any Canadian province or territory?

Yes

Yes

Is the program currently open?

Yes, as of November 4, 2015

Yes

Are there any government fees for creating a profile?

There is no profile stage

No

Are there any government fees for submitting an application?

Yes

Yes

Is there a cap/limit on the number of applications to be accepted?

Yes, up to 6,300 applications may be accepted

No

Is there an established intake period?

Yes, from November 4 to December 15 for postal applications, and from January 18 to March 31, 2016 online

No, eligible candidates may create an online profile at any time. CIC performs regular, ongoing draws from the pool

What are the expected processing times?

Unknown, though processing times may be reduced due to the removal of the adaptability interview stage

CIC aims to process applications within six months of submission

The QSWP: a points-based program

The QSWP is a points-based program, where points are awarded for an applicant’s area of training, work experience, age, language proficiency, prior relationship with Quebec (through visits or family), the human capital factors of the applicant’s spouse or common-law partner (if applicable), and whether or not the applicant has a validated job offer in Quebec. If a candidate is awarded sufficient points for these factors, he or she may then gain additional points for any accompanying dependent children and proof of financial self-sufficiency. Moreover, a job offer is not required for the QSWP.

Applicants should also note that they may be awarded points for French proficiency, though it is not an eligibility requirement for the program. Applicants who have little or no French proficiency, but who have strong credentials in other areas, may still be eligible to apply.

An applicant apply without an accompanying spouse or common-law partner must score at least 49 points, while an applicant applying with a spouse or common-law partner must score at least 57 points. Once a CSQ has been issued, applicants must then successfully complete medical and security examinations conducted by the federal government in order to be granted permanent resident status. Potential applicants to the QSWP should note that they should have the intention to reside within the province of Quebec.

An exciting Canadian immigration option

“There are a number of positives to take from the reopening of the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. First and foremost, it could be one of the last of its kind, a way to apply for and obtain Canadian permanent residence on a first-come, first-served basis,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“In addition, with two intake periods during this application cycle — the first one by postal applications, then early in 2016 online —applicants may have two kicks at the can. The fact that a postal intake period will precede the online processing period is a welcome bonus for potential applicants, as it gives them an opportunity to submit an application quickly before the online system is launched. I would therefore encourage eligible candidates for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program to collect the necessary documents and have them reviewed as soon as possible, so that they can maximize their chances of success and achieve their Canadian immigration goals.”

To find out if you are eligible for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, or any of Canada’s over 60 immigration programs, please fill out a free assessment today.

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Note: Though applications for a CSQ through the QSWP submitted outside the official period for receipt of applications will be returned to applicants in most cases, candidates in one of the following situations may submit an application for a CSQ at any time:

  • The applicant has enclosed a validated employment offer with the application for a selection certificate submitted under the QSWP; or
  • The applicant is a temporary resident in Quebec and eligible to submit an application for a CSQ.

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Quebec Skilled Worker

Federal Skilled Worker

Is the program first-come, first served?

Yes

No

Is the program managed through Express Entry?

No

Yes

Is there a pool of candidates?

No, the program operates on a first-come, first-served basis

Yes, the Express Entry pool

Is there a points system?

Yes

Yes, both for eligibility and in the Express Entry pool

Do candidates need to submit an online profile?

No

Yes

Do candidates need to receive an Invitation to Apply before applying?

No

Yes

Is French proficiency a requirement for the program?

No, but points may be awarded for French

No, but points are available for French

Is language testing mandatory?

No, but up to 22 points are available for English (6) and French (16) proficiency

Yes, candidates must prove language proficiency in English and/or French

Is there a ranking system for eligible candidates?

No

Yes, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)

Is a job offer required in order to make an application?

No

No

Can a job offer help an applicant become eligible to make an application?

Yes, points are available for a validated job offer in Quebec

Yes, points are available for initial eligibility and under the CRS

Is there an Area of Training list?

Yes, and up to 16 points may be awarded for a candidate’s Area of Training

No

Is there an occupation list?

No

No, but candidates must have at least one year of work experience in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B)

Is there an adaptability interview?

No

No

Can candidates apply to both the QSW and the FSW?

Yes, as long as they withdraw one when either a CSQ or ITA is issued

Yes, as long as they withdraw one when either a CSQ or ITA is issued

Where should applicants intend on landing in Canada?

Quebec

Any province or territory except Quebec

Does an application to the program eventually lead to Canadian permanent resident status?

Yes,  successful candidates first receive a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ), then apply to CIC for permanent resident status

Yes, successful candidates obtain permanent resident status

Can permanent residents live and work in any Canadian province or territory?

Yes

Yes

Is the program currently open?

Yes, as of November 4, 2015

Yes

Are there any government fees for creating a profile?

There is no profile stage

No

Are there any government fees for submitting an application?

Yes

Yes

Is there a cap/limit on the number of applications to be accepted?

Yes, up to 6,300 applications may be accepted

No

Is there an established intake period?

Yes, from November 4 to December 15 for postal applications, and from January 15 to March 31, 2016 online

No, eligible candidates may create an online profile at any time. CIC performs regular, ongoing draws from the pool

What are the expected processing times?

Unknown, though processing times may be reduced due to the removal of the adaptability interview stage

CIC aims to process applications within six months of submission

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89 thoughts on “Quebec Opens new Option to Immigrate to Canada through Skilled Worker Program

  1. Imran

    Dear,
    In have got

    Writing 5.5,
    Reading 6,
    Speaking 6.5,
    Listning 6.5
    in my IELTS and I am eligible to apply for “certificat de sélection du québec”. If selected, how could I apply to Express entry when their minimum required IELTS score is 6 in each
    Can anyone help??

    Regards

  2. RAVINDER KAUR

    Respected Sir/ Madam,
    My wife is first applicant and she works as Primary School Teacher in India last 4 year.
    We had apply for Express Entry and our Canada Express Entry.
    Our points as per consultant is 318, Are we eligible for Quebec immigration.

    Regards,
    Gurmeet Singh

  3. Manas Behera

    Dear Sir,
    I wanna explore my career in canada. I am a Master degree holder in Electrical Engineering and alsi done B.Tech in Applied Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering. Apart from that, done Advanced course in Machine Maintenance & Automation, which includes Seimen’s S7 PLC,SCADA etc.

    Have immense n passive interest to begin work in a diverse and well cultured diaspora Canada, preferably in a core sector industries like in Oil, gas, petrochemical, metal, steel, cement,paper etc. to both learn and contribute my skills.

    Regads
    Manas Behera
    Engineer
    Doha, Qatar
    Ph – +974 – 50098813

  4. Lubanda Mutuza Daniel

    I could like to know if my request is late or can hope to be selecte for Canada worker, thanks for all dear

  5. Masood

    I want to know the maximum proceeding time for Quebec as a permanent worker.

  6. amandeep

    how many ielts band are required for quebec.i got overall 5 bands could u tell me..i can apply to quebec and i hn 5year nursing exp i m 26 yearold

  7. Balogun Julius Barry

    I am graduate of lagos state polytechnic with higher national diploma in business administration, please i will like to know if i can apply. Thanks balogun Julius Barry from Nigeria

  8. siemafor paul

    Hi am siemafor paul from cameroon,am interested with your program and as a professional am a State Registered Nurse i wish to know the procedure to subscribed into quebec skilled worker program.

  9. Tieh divine nouchia

    Please what format is required to write the application through the QSWP? Or how do I get an application form? Thanks

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