Quebec Invites 502 in Second Major Arrima Draw in a Week

Quebec immigration issued invitations to 502 candidates through the Arrima Expression of Interest system.

On August 19, Quebec welcomed 502 immigration candidates to seek permanent residency. The Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QRSWP) issued invitations through the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) (QSWP).

Candidates must have submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) through Arrima, Quebec’s online registration site.

An expression of interest (EOI) is a type of pre-application screening process.

It permits Quebec to choose from among individuals who want to immigrate to the province and encourages them to submit an application.

This draw takes place less than a week after Quebec’s largest Arrima draw of the year.

Invitations are sent out in response to the labor market’s demands in Quebec.

Quebec invited individuals with a minimum score of 548 to participate in this draw. Their profession must also be on the targeted occupations list.

Quebec's National Occupational Classification (NOC) code

These occupations are mentioned below, along with their associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) code:

  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213);
  • Electrical and electronics engineers (NOC 2133);
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers (NOC 2141);
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) (NOC 2147);
  • Information systems analysts and consultants (NOC 2171);
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172);
  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174);
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175);
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (NOC 2241);
  • Computer network technicians (NOC 2281);
  • User support technicians (NOC 2282);
  • Information systems testing technicians (NOC 2283);
  • Producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations (NOC 5131);
  • Graphic arts technicians (NOC 5223);
  • Graphic designers and illustrators (NOC 5241);
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade (NOC 6221).

This is Quebec’s eighth draw of the year. The province has now extended invitations to 1,562 applicants to apply for permanent selection.

Quebec’s immigration programs are separate from those run by the federal government of Canada.

The final decision on immigration applications, however, rests with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Quebec Expression Of Interest Draws 2021
Date of invitations Invites Issued Minimum Score Date of extraction from Arrima bank
19-Aug-21 502 548 August 16, 2021 at 6.30am
12-Aug-21 515 591 August 9, 2021 at 6.30am
17-Jun-21 69 N/A June 16, 2021 at 6.30am
27-May-21 90 N/A May 26, 2021 at 6.30am
29-Apr-21 83 N/A April 28, 2021 at 6.30am
30-Mar-21 208 N/A March 29, 2021 at 6.30am
26-Jan-21 95 N/A January 25, 2021 at 6.30am

What is the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP)?

The QSWP is designed for skilled workers who are more likely to become economically established in the province.

Skilled workers or employees and international graduates are drawn to the program.

If you want to live in Quebec, you will be evaluated differently from candidates who want to live anywhere else in Canada.

Candidates who have been asked to apply for permanent selection must do so within six months after submitting all needed paperwork to process their application.

All forms and documents are included in this category.

You will receive a Certificat de sélection du Québec if you are successful (CSQ or Quebec Selection Certificate).

You can then use this document to apply to the Canadian federal government for permanent residency.

How Does Quebec Expression Of Interest Work?

1. Candidates use Arrima to create an online expression of interest profile.

2. Profiles are added to the Expressions of Interest pool, where they are rated against one another using a points system and are valid for 12 months.

3. Periodic drawings are held to invite the highest-ranking individuals to apply for a Quebec Certificate of Selection under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

4. Candidates that are invited must submit a complete application within 60 days of receiving the invitation.

5. After receiving a nomination certificate (CSQ), approved applicants can apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent residence.

Quebec Expression Of Interest Points System

The Quebec Expression of Interest points system is used to rate profiles sent to the Expression of Interest bank through Arrima, with the highest-ranked profiles being invited to apply for Quebec immigration under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

Based on human capital and Quebec labor market variables, candidates and their spouses or common-law partners can earn up to 1,320 points.

What Are The Requirements For Quebec Expression Of Interest?

The Quebec Expression of Interest points system has two kinds of points, with some of them adding points for the primary candidate’s spouse or common-law partner.

Human capital factors:

  • French language ability or proficiency.
  • French and English combined.
  • Age.
  • Work experience.
  • Education.

Quebec labor market factors:

  • Work experience in a field with a labor shortage.
  • Qualification in one of Quebec’s areas of training.
  • Level of Quebec education.
  • Professional experience in Quebec.
  • Professional experience in the rest of Canada.
  • Job offer inside or outside Greater Montreal.

FAQs For Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program

How does the Quebec Skilled Worker program work?

The Quebec Skilled Worker program is an immigration scheme in which a legitimate employment offer from a Canadian company is not required.

Candidates for permanent residency are chosen for the program if they want to live in Quebec and are likely to become economically established there.

How long does Quebec Skilled Worker program take?

PR applications for the Quebec Skilled Workers Program took 16 months at the time of writing this article. Keep in mind that processing timeframes are estimates that are subject to change.

If you’re lucky, you’ll be a permanent resident of Canada by the end of this anticipated processing period.

How many points we need to get PR in Quebec?
A solo candidate must earn at least 50 points to be considered for immigration to Canada as a Quebec-selected skilled worker. To be qualified for the QSW Program, potential immigrants must earn at least 59 points with their spouse or common-law partner.
Can I apply for Quebec skilled workers and express entry at the same time?
Yes. You can submit both an Express Entry application and a Quebec Skilled Worker application at the same time, provided you are eligible for both programs. This way, you can maximize the likelihood that you are accepted.
How long does it take to get PR in Quebec?
It takes an average of 12-16 months for the processing to be completed. The Quebec Skilled Workers Program (QSWP), a provincial scheme operated by the province of Quebec, is another popular immigration program.
Is it easy to get PR in Quebec?

Currently, highly qualified QSWP candidates are unable to gain permanent residency through a process that is more demanding than that required of PEQ applicants.

However, Quebec is implementing more stringent work experience requirements for the PEQ than are presently in effect across the country.