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Quebec’s First Expression of Interest Draws Issues 950 Invitations

Quebec’s government has released details of the first two draws made via its latest Expression of Interest system, known as Arrima.

Draws made from July 4 and July 17, 2019, saw a sum of 950 invitations sent out for full applications to be lodged to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

These were the first invitations conducted by the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) from the Expression of Interest Bank since the Arrima portal system was inaugurated in August 2018.

The two draws each had specific criteria. In the July 4th draw, 691 invites were sent out to applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Their application to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program under the old first-come-first-served system was stopped as part of the governing Coalition Avenir Quebec’s Bill 9.
  • They lodged an Arrima EOI before December 17, 2019.
    They find themselves in one of the following situations: Their application terminated was submitted pursuant to section 5.01 of the Regulation regarding the selection of foreign nationals, OR They were residing in Quebec on June 16, 2019, while holding a work or study permit.
    In the July 17 draw, 259 invites were sent out to applicants who meet the following criteria:
  • They hold a validated job offer from a Quebec employer.
  • They were in Quebec as a consular officer, diplomatic agent, representative or a duly approved as an official of a foreign country or of the United Nations.

Two Quebec EOI Draws 2019

Date of invitations

Invites Issued

Date of extraction from Arrima bank

17-Jul-19

259

July 15, 2019, at 6:30

04-Jul-19

691

July 2, 2019, at 6:30

Quebec Expression of Interest Requirements?

Applicants are ranked under many factors including age, language ability, education, work experience, and time spent in Quebec. A valid job offer from a Quebec employer is also an important factor.

The qualifications of an applicant’s spouse or common-law partner are also considered.

According to the decision, announced on August 1st, 2018, the first category refers to applicants who:

  • Have an employment offer outside the Metropolitan city of Montreal;
  • Have an employment offer in the Metropolitan city of Montreal;
  • Are currently residing in Quebec AND: They possess a post-graduate work permit, obtained following the graduation from a designated study program from a higher institution in Quebec; or They possess a work permit with a validity of at least Twelve (12) months and they have worked full-time in Quebec for Six 6 months.

These candidates who are residing in Quebec are ranked based on the following factors:

  • Age
  • Level of education
  • Diploma obtained in Quebec
  • Proficiency in French
  • Languages proficiency
  • Work experience in Canada or in the USA
  • Spouse/common-law partner’s qualifications: level of Education and proficiency in the French language.
    Transferability skills: Level of education with French proficiency (either the principal candidate’s or the spouse’s, depending on which score is the highest)
    Level of education with French proficiency and work experience in Canada or the United States
    Foreign work experience with French proficiency level
    Foreign work experience with French proficiency and work experience in Canada or the United States

Candidates nominated to apply for a CSQ under the Quebec Skilled worker streams must pass the threshold for the selection factors, which are listed above.