Quebec, alongside other Canadian provinces, is organizing regular draws to invite skilled international candidates who will be able to contribute significantly to the recovering economy. The pandemic affected Canadian immigration adversely in multiple ways, and Quebec is struggling at the moment with labor shortages and population woes.
Details of the draw
Quebec held its latest draw on November 11 and 33 skilled candidates received invitations from the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI). The invited candidates can now submit their applications for permanent selection via the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). It was the first draw to be held in November under this program. Only those candidates were invited who had registered an expression of interest (EI) in the Arrima pool.
The Quebec Skilled Worker Program caters to skilled workers looking to settle down with economic motive in the province. International graduates and skilled workers especially enjoy the program because it allows them to immigrate to Quebec permanently as working professionals.
For the November 11 draw, Quebec focused on inviting candidates with a job offer located outside the Montréal Metropolitan area. The province also invited candidates living in Quebec as consular officials, diplomats, or intergovernmental organization representatives.
Candidates have to submit their applications for permanent selection within 60 days, and they also have to pay the processing fees. The province aims to process complete applications within six months as long as all forms and documents are provided. Successful candidates receive a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ or Quebec Selection Certificate).