Quebec Skilled Worker Program Issues 169 Invitations In latest Arrima Draw

Quebec sent out new invitations to apply (ITA) for selection under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program to 169 immigration applicants in its latest draw.

Details of invitations of the September 25 draw were published today.

Quebec’s Immigration Ministry claim candidates invited in this new round were among the approximately 16,000 Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) applicants who had their original applications to the program cancelled by the passage of some reforms to Quebec’s Immigration Act into law on June 16, 2019.

In addition, they were either excluded from the cap that had been in place when they initially applied to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program or were living in Quebec on a work or study permit on June 16, 2019.

All candidates invited on September 25 had an Expression of Interest in Quebec’s online registration portal, also known as Arrima. Quebec, thus far has invited 1,595 QSWP candidates with an Arrima profile since July 4.

What is Arrima?

Arrima was established in 2018 to manage Expression of Interest (EOI) profiles for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and receive its bank of candidates.

An Expression of interest is not an application. It is a way for candidates to inform Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration that they would wish to be considered for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).

A CSQ enables an applicant to apply for permanent residence in Quebec.

Arrima replaced the former first-come-first-served system to accepting applications to the Quebec Skilled Worker stream.

Under the expression of interest system, applicants create a valid profile in Arrima and are given a score based on human capital factors including education, age, area of training, work experience and proficiency in French

Applicants are then invited to apply for a Quebec selection certificate based on either their scores or other factors such as labour needs in the province’s remote areas.

If candidates obtain a CSQ they can then apply for Canadian permanent residence through Canada’s federal immigration ministry also known as IRCC, which verifies medical and criminal admissibility.

Why did the Quebec government introduce Arrima?

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program is a well known Canadian immigration program that provides qualified foreign citizens and their families with a route to Canadian permanent resident status following the release of a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) from the Quebec government.

The Arrima invitations portal inaugurated in September 2018 following the beginning of the Quebec Immigration Act and regulations on August 2, which invalidates the previous “first-come, first-served” application process for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

By implementing an Expression of Interest (EOI) system, the Quebec government can now send out invitations to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate on a more consistent basis and cut down application processing times for the QSWP.