Quebec’s immigration ministry has sent out 23 invitations in the latest selection round for skilled worker candidates who have lodged applications under Quebec’s Regular Skilled Worker Program.
The Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration (MIFI) conducted the draw via its Arrima portal on January 16, 2020.
Candidates selected in the latest invitation round were among the group of 16,000 pending applications that were abandoned in the Quebec immigration reform of June 2019, also known as Bill 9.
An earlier statement by the Quebec’s government stated that rounds of invitations for prioritized applicants were to take place until January 16, 2020, which means that this is probably the final round of invitations for individuals who have been affected by Bill 9.
In order to be invited, an individual needed to have filed an expression of interest (EOI) with MIFI before December 17, 2019. They also require to be either a temporary resident of Quebec when they applied, or hold a study or work permit in the province at the time.
In order to migrate to Quebec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program, candidates must first lodge an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Arrima. MIFI will then assess the bank of profiles and issue invitations to those who meet specific requirements based on the labour market requirement of Quebec.
What is Arrima?
In 2018, Arrima was launched to manage the bank of candidates for the Regular Skilled Worker Programs. The program was initially based on the “first come, first served” approach, but has since become an electronic system for accepting applications.
Quebec’s EOI system manages the profiles of individuals applying for the Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ). A CSQ is required in order for candidates to apply for permanent residence through Quebec’s Regular Skilled Worker Programs.
Individuals create their EOI profile in Arrima, and are then added into a pool of candidates and ranked.
MIFI issues invitations to apply for a CSQ based on a candidate’s score or other criteria such as the province’s labour market requirements.
These invitations allow selected candidates to apply for a CSQ within an average period of six months, beginning from the date when all the forms and documents required to process the application have been collected and added to the file.
Those who get a CSQ can then apply for Canadian permanent residence with the Canadian federal government. From there, they will undergo a medical assessment and a criminal admissibility check.
Applicants who receive a CSQ can apply for permanent residence with Canada’s federal immigration ministry, which verifies criminal and medical admissibility.