Quebec Skilled Worker Program
Quebec aims to welcome more than 29,000 through economic programs, including the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.
- Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants who intend to reside in Montreal or in another city or region within the province of Quebec are assessed under a different system than applicants who wish to settle elsewhere in Canada.
- This is done through what the government of Quebec calls its ‘Regular Skilled Worker Program’, otherwise known as the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
As of January 2016, candidates for immigration to Canada through the QSWP must use the secure space Mon ProJet Quebec in order to submit an application.
Following the closure of the second intake period in 2016, the Ministere de l’Immigration, de la Diversite et de l’Inclusion (‘the MIDI’, the Quebec government department overseeing immigration to the province) has announced the following:
- The intake limit of 10,000 applications for a selection certificate through the QSWP for the period of April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 has been reached.
- Information in the accounts of those individuals who did not submit their profiles during the intake periods in June and August 2016 will be deleted during Fall 2016. The date of deletion will be announced beforehand.
- An application must be submitted within 90 days from the date the individual began editing the application, or it will be deleted.
Mon projet Quebec allows candidates to complete their application for a CSQ, make their payment online, follow the status of their application, make changes to their application, and access personal electronic messaging throughout the process.
Quebec Skilled Worker Eligibility
Applicants who are successful under the Regular Skilled Worker Program are issued a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de selection du Québec, also known as a CSQ), which is then followed by a Canadian Permanent Resident (Immigration) Visa. Though applicants to the program are assessed based upon different selection factors than those of the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the government of Canada acknowledges Quebec’s selection of applicants by issuing permanent resident visas to successful applicants, once medical and criminality background checks have been completed.
In order to qualify for a CSQ(Quebec Selection Certificate), you must score enough points under the Quebec Immigration selection system. A single (unmarried) applicant must score at least 49 points based on this system, while an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner must score at least 57 points.