The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), one of the few remaining Canadian immigration programs operating on a first-come, first-served basis, will have an application intake period this coming June. Following this, another intake period will take place. Both of these intakes will receive up to 5,000 applications from individuals interested in settling in one of Canada’s most vibrant and diverse provinces.
Through the QSWP, successful applicants and their families may obtain Canadian permanent resident status after receiving a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) from the government of the province of Quebec, home to the city of Montreal.
The announcement that two future intake periods will take place — with both intakes accepting a larger number of applications than expected — should benefit individuals who have already created an account in the secure online space Mon projet Québec, as well as those who did not create an account earlier this year
The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI), the government ministry overseeing immigration to Quebec, has announced the following updated schedule for the QSWP:
According to the Quebec Minister of Immigration, Kathleen Weil, these measures send a clear message to people who have had to deal with the failures of the system.
“I think they will see that there is a willingness to recognize the difficulty they [the candidates] experienced . . . My priority is the immigration candidates themselves,” said Ms. Weil.
How does the QSWP work?
Applicants should also note that they may be awarded points for French proficiency, though it is not an eligibility requirement for the program. Applicants who do not have knowledge of French, but who have strong credentials in other areas, may still be eligible to apply.
From first-come, first-served to a new Expression of Interest system
For the time being, the QSWP operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and this will remain the case for the June intake period.
Quebec’s Minister of Immigration recently tabled a bill that, if passed, would likely result in Quebec implementing an economic immigration system similar to the Express Entry system currently used by the government of Canada, whereby candidates must make an ‘Expression of Interest’ before being invited to apply based on their credentials. Once, as is expected, this bill becomes law, economic immigrants to Quebec will not be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Rather, they will need to be invited to apply to the program based on labour market needs, having already made an ‘Expression of Interest’ in immigrating to the Canadian province of Quebec.
Accordingly, the upcoming application intake periods may be the last of their kind — a way to apply for immigration to Canada through an economic immigration program without having to first be invited to apply.
What's more: Candidates in either of the following situations are not subject to the cap and may submit an application for a CSQ as of February 29, 2016:
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