Quebec invites health workers, educators in new Arrima draw

Alexandra Miekus
Published: October 4, 2021

Quebec invited 536 immigration candidates to apply for permanent selection on September 30.

This is the second round of invitations held in September under the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Candidates who received invitations to apply for permanent selection by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) in the latest draw needed a score of at least 562 in the Arrima pool.

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The latest invitations sent out through Arrima also targeted candidates with a valid job offer outside the Montréal Metropolitan area and who work in occupations that are currently in high demand in Quebec. The list of targeted occupations provided by the government is the following:

  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 0312);
  • Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233);
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413);
  • Secondary school teachers (NOC 4031);
  • Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (NOC 4032);
  • Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214);

After sending out invitations at most once a month for much of the year, Quebec seems to have picked up the pace recently by sending out record numbers of invitations via Arrima. During the month of August, Quebec conducted Arrima draws on a weekly basis, in which the number of invited candidates exceeded 500—significantly more than any of the other draws conducted this year.

The September 30 draw is Quebec’s tenth of the year. A total of 3,200 candidates have now been invited to apply for permanent selection by the province.

What is the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program?

The Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program is for skilled workers who are more likely to establish themselves economically in the province. The program is popular among skilled workers and international graduates who wish to immigrate permanently to Quebec to work.

Candidates who are invited to apply for permanent selection have a maximum of 60 days to submit their application and pay processing fees. Quebec aims to process complete applications within 6 months, starting on the date all the required information has been received. This includes all forms and documents.

If successful, candidates will get a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ or Quebec Selection Certificate). They can then use this document to apply for permanent residence to the Canadian federal government.

Those who wish to settle in Quebec, are assessed under a different system than applicants who want to settle somewhere else in Canada. Quebec’s immigration programs are managed by the province and are distinct from Canada’s federal programs.

If you received an invitation to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate, you may email qcita@canadavisa.com to learn about the next steps regarding your application.

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