QUEBEC IMMIGRATION PROGRAMS
The province of Quebec is authorized to mandate and announce its own immigration system, quota and criteria. The immigration programs offered by the province are separate from the Canada PNP. These are the available immigration routes to Quebec – Start your Quebec Immigration or Canada Immigration application process soon!!
- Quebec Investor Program.
- Quebec Experience Class.
- Quebec Skilled Worker Program.
- Quebec Entrepreneur Program.
- Quebec Self-employed Person Program.
Quebec Immigration – Skilled Worker Program
The government of Quebec has announced that it will receive a maximum of 6,300 applications for a Quebec Selection Certificate through its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). The government of Quebec has announced that the new regulations will be in effect for the period April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Recent application cycles for the QWSP did not require candidates to have a job offer from an employer in Quebec, and this factor is not expected to change.
Immigration to Quebec through the QSWP is a two-step process. Potential candidates are assessed based on a points-based system that awards points for a candidate’s age, level of education, area of training, work experience, language proficiency, adaptability, and whether or not the candidate has a validated job offer from an employer in Quebec. Points may also be awarded for the characteristics of an applicant’s spouse or common-law partner and dependent children, if applicable. It remains to be seen whether any changes will be made to the existing point’s grid, which was updated as recently as December, 2014, before the program begins receiving applications later this year.
Eligible candidates who successfully submit a complete and accurate application are issued a Quebec Selection Certificate, at which point they may apply for a Canadian permanent resident visa. Though successful applicants to the QSWP become permanent residents of Canada, which entails the freedom of movement and labour rights within Canada that comes with permanent resident status, candidates are required at the outset to have the intention to reside in Quebec. Interest in the program is thought to be substantial because it operates completely outside the government of Canada’s new Express Entry immigration selection system. Candidates eligible for the QSWP may submit an application directly to the program, whereas candidates in the Express Entry pool may only submit an application if they are invited to apply for permanent residence.
On January 26, 2015, Quebec released the Area of Training list that is expected to apply to the upcoming application cycle for the QSWP. The new list was positive news for individuals who have degrees in areas such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Accounting, Banking and Financial Operations, as these areas of training, among others, will be awarded significantly more points than was previously the case. The professionals those who are eligible to apply for the migration based on the new list are:-
- Computer Professionals(B.Tech,M.Tech,BE,ME,BIT,MIT,BCA,MCA,BSc,MSc)
- Accountants (BCom,MCom,MBA Finance,MBA Marketing Etc..)
- Nurses (GNM,BSc,MSc)
- Engineers (BTech,MTech Etc)
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineers