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Quebec Immigration rules and procedure

Quebec is the popular immigration destination for the new immigrants in Canada. Hence, the immigration programs and procedures, news and updates often remain the talk of the town. Quebec Skilled Worker Program or QSWP is the separate immigration program of Quebec that allows the individuals to apply for Quebec selection certificate and become eligible to apply Canadian PR to IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

It is crucial to know the latest Quebec Immigration rules and procedure to immigrate to Quebec.

Quebec’s Latest Immigration rules and procedure applicable this year 

Find below the latest rules procedure to move to Quebec this year.

  • Quebec has expanded the list of occupations for simplified LMIA process
  • Quebec Revealed information on latest Arrima Draw
  • The education ministry of Quebec starts a drive to higher foreign teachers
  • The new Immigrants to Quebec will have to pass a ‘values test’ with effect from January 1, 2020.

How does Quebec’s EOI System work?

The new EOI based system of QSWP will replace the old ‘First Come, First Served pattern of accepting the application. An applicant 18 years or above can create and submit the profile in Expression of Interest (EOI) Bank of Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). The EOI bank profiles will get a definite point score based on crucial parameters, i.e. education/training, skilled work experience, language proficiency (English or French), financial capability, etc.

1st Stage of application: To be accepted as an applicant, the applicants need to meet the minimum required score of 2 points in education (secondary school general diploma) and receive the 1 point given for financial capability/self-sufficiency. Most of the QSWP selection factor points remain the same, which are there in the existing point grid. Some changes are there in the following:

  • Validated Employment Offer points increased from a maximum of 10 to 14 points.
  • Some variables under the “Stay and Family in Quebec” factor are weighted differently, though the maximum points available under the factor remain eight.

QSWP Updated Selection factors

Factors Points
Education Up to 14 points (Cut-off Score = 2 points)
Area Of Training Up to 12 points
Validated Employment Offer Up to 14 points
Work Experience Up to 8 points
Age Up to 16 points
Language Proficiency Up to 22 points
Stay And Family In Quebec Up to 8 points
Spouse/Common-law partner Characteristics Up to 17 points
Presence Of Accompanying Children Up to 8 points
Financial Self-Sufficiency 1 point

Apart from the above six factors, you can also earn points for spouse’s education and training, work experience and language proficiency.

2nd Stage- The applicants, who meet the initial requirements for education and financial self-sufficiency; must meet the required cut-off score of 43 points for a grouping of employability factors. It is as per candidate’s score in education and training, work experience, age, language proficiency, time spent in Quebec and family in Quebec and a validated employment offer. An employment offer is a bonus but is not required to be eligible for the QSWP. The Employability cut-off score for candidates with a spouse or common-law partner is 52.

3rd Stage- applicants who meet the Employability cut-off point score also require meeting the minimum threshold under a grouping of Selection factors, a passing score of 50 points (59 with a spouse or common-law partner). This step considers the points awarded under the six factors considered for Employability, with the addition of children and the financial self-sufficiency. A spouse or common-law partner’s education and training, work experience and language proficiency are also applicable in such cases.


QSWP will issue invitations to the top-scoring profiles. The applicants, who receive the invitation to apply for CSQ (Quebec Selection Certificate), need to submit their application within 90 days.

Priority Processing

As per Quebec, the processing time of the applications received for CSQ will now have reduced to less than 12 months, which was huge (32 months) earlier. The applicants receiving the Quebec selection certificate can directly apply for to IRCC for Canadian permanent residency.

Benefits of EOI

  • The applicants can submit EOI Profile at any time of the year. Earlier first come first serve model allowed applicants to apply within a limited period, as cap limit was there for that system.
  • Quebec government has claimed that the new system will perform better, as applicants will be selected, keeping in mind the province’s economic goals.
  • Will address the actual needs of the Quebec labour market and society.
  • Address skill shortage in the province more effectively, which will allow suitable skilled workers to get more and more professional opportunities.
  • CSQ applications will take less than 12 months to process

Need professional assistance to apply Canada PR this year?

If you want to apply for Canadian permanent residency this year; contact Visas Avenue Immigration Expert to check your eligibility and apply in the most suitable immigration program under expert guidance. You may call the immigration expert on Toll-Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently, get a call from the expert, you may fill the free assessment form.


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