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Quebec Extends Invitation Rounds With Second Draw From Arrima

Quebec extends invitation rounds with the second draw from Arrima. Since the establishment of the Arrima system, Quebec has conducted two draws and invited 950 applicants to file for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).

This information was released on the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) website page on August 19. New information consists of the number of applicants drawn as well as the type of profiles selected.

The most recent draw, which occurred on July 17, sent out 259 invitations to applicants with an Expression of Interest profile and an approved employment offer, as well as foreign nationals who had to carry out tasks in Quebec working as consular officers, or diplomats, or representatives of the United Nations.

The first draw, which happened on July 4, yielded 691 invitations and was addressed to applicants who:

  • had their application for a Quebec Selection Certificate cancelled or closed on July 16, 2019, and were a temporary resident of Quebec when they had applied; or
  • had their application for a Quebec Selection Certificate closed or cancelled on June 16, 2019, and were studying or working in Quebec at that time;
  • had an Arrima profile and applied for an Expression of Interest with the Ministère before December. 17, 2019.
    Reforms to Quebec’s immigration laws which were passed into law on June 16, 2019, resulted in the termination of approximately 16,000 pending applications to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

The cancelled applications had all been filed prior Arrima was established or launched in September 2018.

Candidates planning to move to Quebec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program must first file an Expression of Interest through Arrima. The Ministère then access the bank of expressions of interest and sent out invitations to applicants who meet certain requirements based on the labour market needs of the province.

The MIDI declared that there will be several invitation rounds from now and January 16, 2020.

“This is an exciting news for skilled workers who wish to live in Quebec. The Arrima system appears to be gathering up momentum and we believe that the Ministère will continue to give out invitations more regularly.” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell, Cohen Canadian immigration law firm located in Montreal.