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Quebec issued new invitations to apply for selection under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program to 169 immigration candidates in its latest draw.
Details of the September 25 draw were released today.
Quebec’s Immigration Ministry said candidates invited in this latest round were among the roughly 16,000 Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) candidates who had their original applications to the program annulled by the passage of reforms to Quebec’s Immigration Act into law on June 16, 2019.
Additionally, they were either exempt from the cap that had been in place when they first applied to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program or were residing in Quebec on a study or work permit on June 16, 2019.
All those invited on September 25 had an Expression of Interest in Quebec’s online registration portal, Arrima.
Quebec has now invited 1,595 QSWP candidates with an Arrima profile since July 4.
Arrima was introduced in 2018 to manage the bank of candidates for the QSWP after the program was switched from a paper-based, first-come/first-served application approach to an Expression of Interest (EOI) system.
Quebec’s EOI system manages the bank of candidates for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ), which is required in order to apply for permanent residence in the province through the QSWP.
Candidates express their interest by creating a profile in Arrima, which is then placed in the pool of candidates and ranked based on either a score or other criteria.
Quebec’s Immigration Ministry issues invitations to apply for a CSQ based on either a candidate’s score or other factors such as labour needs in the province’s outlying regions.
Candidates who receive a CSQ can apply for permanent residence with Canada’s federal immigration ministry, which verifies medical and criminal admissibility.
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