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Quebec Immigration rules and procedure 2019

Quebec is the popular immigration destination for the new immigrants in Canada. This is the reason that 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 subsequently, 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 2019 to immigrate to Quebec this year.

Quebec’s Latest Immigration rules and procedure applicable in 2019

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

  • Quebec Introduced New EOI (Expression of Interest) portal of QSWP in August 2018 (last year)
  • Proposal for cancellation of application backlog- A new immigration bill tabled on February 7, 2019, by the new Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government of the province, which includes the proposal for cancelling the outstanding backlog of 18,000 QSWP applications submitted before August 2, 2018. The bill also recommends to return the application fees received by the government. The government wants the applications to be accepted as per the new criteria implemented in August 2018. Prior to August 2, 2018, the applications were being accepted on first come, first served basis, however, after this date, government implemented new EOI based system for accepting QSWP applications. As per government, the cancellation of backlog will also improve the processing time of applications.

How Quebec’s EOI System will 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 profiles in the EOI bank will get a definite point score based on key parameters, i.e. education/training, skilled work experience, language proficiency (English or French), financial capability, etc.

1st stage of application: To be accepted as applicant, the applicants need to meet the minimum required score of 2 points in education (secondary school general diploma) and receive the 1 point that is 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 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 also weighted differently, though the maximum points available under the factor remains 8.

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

Read more : Quebec Immigration points calculator 2019


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 which meet the initial requirements for education and financial self-sufficiency must then meet the required cut-off score of 43 points for a grouping of factors called Employ ability, which is based on a 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 an added bonus but is not required in order to be eligible for the QSWP. The Employ ability cut-off score for candidates with a spouse or common-law partner is 52.

3rd Stage- applicants who meet the Employ ability cut-off point score also require meeting the minimum threshold under a grouping of factors called Selection, which is a passing score of 50 points (59 with a spouse or common-law partner). This step takes into account the points awarded under the six factors considered for Employ ability, 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 is also applied in such cases.

ITA

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 be reduced to less than 12 months which was huge (32 months) earlier. The applicants receiving 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 applicant to submit application within a limited time frame, 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 economic goals of the province.
  • Will address 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 be processed in less than 12 months.

Need professional assistance to apply Canada PR this year?

If you want to apply Canadian permanent residency in 2019, through the most relevant Canada immigration program, you may call Visas Avenue Immigration Expert to get your eligibility checked and apply in the most suitable program under expert guidance. You may call the immigration expert on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, e-mail your queries to Visas Avenue e-mail id- [email protected].

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