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Posted on September 30, 2019

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program candidates will now have to submit their application for Quebec Selection Certificate within 60 calendar days after obtaining the invitation to apply. Earlier the deadline was 90 days and new change was announced on June 26.

The reduction in deadline is one of the three new changes introduced by the Government of Quebec to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. Another major change is that the Expressions of Interest (EOIs) currently in the Quebec Skilled Worker Program‘s bank of candidates will remain valid for an extra six months. Further, the EOIs of candidates who decline an invitation to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Quebec, or CSQ) will remain in the bank of candidates for their full validity period.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program Expression of Interest

Quebec introduced the new Expression of Interest System for streamlining the Quebec Skilled Worker Program applications on August 2, 2018. Those who wish to apply for immigration to Quebec can begin the process by entering their profile in the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank.

The applications to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program are accepted through Arrima Portal, which was launched by the immigration ministry of Quebec on September 18, 2018. The Arrima portal remains open throughout the year and those who want to migrate to Quebec under QSWP can submit their Expression of Interest profile at any time.

But in order to be eligible to obtain Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ), a candidate must score minimum points under the Quebec Immigration selection factors. If the candidate is single, the minimum required score is 50 points. If the candidate is applying with a spouse or common-law partner, he/she must score at least 59 points.

Selection Factors

The Quebec Immigration selection factors as follows:

Factors Points
Education Up to 14 points (Cutoff 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
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