Canadian provinces have been actively organizing draws in 2021 to make up for the immigration losses suffered last year. Quebec recently held a third immigration draw in August to invite even more skilled candidates. The latest Quebec immigration draw was held on August 26 and invited more than 500 candidates. The two previous draws took place on August 12 and August 19 and they issued over 500 invitations combined.
Quebec usually organizes draws through the Arrima Expression of Interest (EoI) system. Arrima is an online application management portal for candidates in the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
Details of the draw
Quebec invited a total of 585 candidates from the Arrima pool to apply for permanent selection. The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) targeted candidates with a minimum score of 517. The invited candidates will now be able to submit their applications for permanent selection. Candidates who had a valid job offer outside the Montréal Metropolitan area were also considered in this draw. Quebec also focused on candidates engaged in professions that are in high demand in the province. Some of the professions that were targeted include:
- Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
- Electrical and electronics engineers (NOC 2133);
- Industrial and manufacturing engineers (NOC 2141);
- Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213);
- Web designers and developers (NOC 2175);
- Computer network technicians (NOC 2281);
- Graphic designers and illustrators (NOC 5241);
- Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (NOC 2147);
- Graphic arts technicians (NOC 5223);
- Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171);
The August 26 draw was the largest one to be held this year.