How do I get an expression of interest in Quebec?

expression of interest in Quebec
Expression of Interest in Quebec

How do I get an expression of interest in Quebec?

If you are thinking of immigrating to Canada, Quebec is the best bet. Quebec provides a safe, serene environment along with a fabulous standard of living to its residents. A procedure allowing First come, First served amended to suit the demands of the job market of Quebec. 

Quebec follows a procedure called Arrima, where the individuals can apply to the immigration system when they meet the eligibility criteria. The Expression of Interest is an immigration system where qualified professionals join the entry pool. From the pool, based on the qualifications and other criteria, they will be ranked against each other. At the beginning of 2021, the ministry invited 95 applications from the pool of online submissions.

Quebec immigration

A province that assures the safety of its citizens and access to infrastructure, transportation would be a dream destination as an immigrant. Quebec has a process that helps the individuals who are willing to work or has a job to apply for permanent residence

What are the requirements of Expression Of Interest for Quebec?

Arrima, a newly launched platform to pool online submissions from qualified professionals who meet the eligibility criteria. This procedure of submitting an online application is known as Expression of Interest

Expression of interest allows a continuous flow of applications from skilled labours and the availability of talented professionals. The submission of an online application is free of cost and can be done throughout the year. Based on the submission of details, the candidates will receive an invite that fits the demands of Quebec.

The basic requirements to make an online submission for Expression Of Interest:

  • A person should be 18 years of age;
  • He should be willing to work in Quebec and have a work permit for the same 
  • He should have a job offer inside or outside of the city
  • He should be willing to live in Quebec.

How does Expression of Interest in Quebec work?

Arrima, the expression of Interest system is free of charge and available anytime. So there will be a constant inflow of skilled candidates submitting an online application. 

  • Candidates submit an online application.
  • The candidates enter the Expression of Interest pool, where they are ranked based on the criteria. 
  • The applicants are segregated based on two different criteria. The first category is people living in Quebec and meets the eligibility criteria. The second criterion is people not living in Quebec yet meeting the requirements listed by the government.
  • Based on the points, ranking for the candidates happens. The highest-ranking candidates will be called for Invitation to Apply(ITA) for the Quebec certificate of selection under Quebec skilled worker program.
  • Quebec calls candidates to apply for the Quebec Certificate of Selection.
  • Within 60 days of the invitation, the candidates have to submit the complete application.
  • Applicants with nomination certificates may apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

Criteria for Ranking of Candidates

Once the candidates express their interest after meeting the eligibility criteria, the ministry invites those who meet the eligibility and tops the ranking system. The ranking system is on the weightage of the points. The various factors attributing to the ranking are : 

  • A valid job offer
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Language
  • Age
  • Duration of their stay in Quebec
  • Qualifications of the spouse

The Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion prescribes two categories for the selection of candidates.

The first category is:

  • Presently living in Quebec 
  • Have a work permit with validity for 12 months and have worked in Quebec for at least 6 months.
  • Have a post-graduate work permit following the completion of an eligible study program
  • A job offer in the metropolitan city.
  • A job offer outside the metro city.

The basis of ranking criteria are listed as under:

  • Age
  • Level of education
  • Diploma in Quebec
  • Language proficiency 
  • Work experience in Canada
  • Spouse qualification and work experience
  • French proficiency of the applicant or the spouse
  • French proficiency with work experience in Canada or the US.
  • Foreign work experience with French proficiency
  • Foreign work experience with French proficiency and work experience in Canada or the US.

The second category is for individuals who are not residing in Quebec. These criteria are as follows:

  • Age
  • Level of education
  • Training as mentioned by the government
  • Diploma in Quebec
  • Language proficiency 
  • Work experience in Canada
  • Spouse qualification and work experience
  • French proficiency of the applicant or the spouse
  • French proficiency with work experience in Canada or the US.
  • Foreign work experience with French proficiency
  • Foreign work experience with French proficiency and work experience in Canada or the US.

Comprehensive Ranking system

The candidates who submit an online application is scrutinized based on the points and are ranked accordingly.

 

Profile factor

Max points available

Education

14

Areas of training

12

Work experience

8

Age

16

Language proficiency

22

Time spent and family in Quebec

8

Spouse/common-law partner

17

Job offer

14

Accompanying children

8

Financial self-sufficiency

1

The government invites the highest-ranking candidates to apply for the Quebec Certificate of Selection. These candidates must also accumulate the points prescribed by the government to qualify for the same. To pass the initial screening, a candidate without a spouse must have 50 points, a candidate with a spouse must have 59 points.

The individuals who have received their CSQ must apply for Permanent residence to the federal government.            

 Conclusion

With the change in procedures to gather online submissions, there is a constant inflow of skilled candidates to the immigration system. The amendments we remade to source the best talents that suit the demands of the Quebec requirements. 

The Expression of Interest under the different federal programs enables shortening the waiting period to less than 12 months. Quebec has a target to bring in 24,200 skilled labours. The province has planned to bring close to 4,300 admissions under Quebec Entrepreneur Program and the self-employed program. This transparent method is helping the eligible candidates to complete the course of action.

All legal advice during the process are provided by the Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. PAIC is an authorized agency of the RCIC. PAIC is not affiliated with the Canadian Government directly.

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