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Quebec invites record-breaking candidates in new Arrima draw

Quebec welcomed 536 people with relevant professional experience to apply for permanent positions. On September 30, Quebec encouraged 536 immigrants to apply for permanent residency.

This is the second round of invitations for the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program, which was held in September (QSWP). In the most recent draw, candidates who got invitations to apply for permanent selection by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) need a score of at least 562 in the Arrima pool. Applicants with a legitimate employment offer outside of the Montréal Metropolitan region and who work in occupations that are currently in high demand in Quebec were also targeted in the most recent Arrima invitations. The government has released the following list of targeted occupations:

  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 0312);
  • Licensed practical nurses (NOC 3233);
  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates (NOC 3413);
  • Secondary school teachers (NOC 4031);
  • Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (NOC 4032);
  • Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214);

Quebec appears to have ramped up the momentum lately, issuing up record numbers of invitations via Arrima, after sending out invitations at most once a month for much of the year. Throughout August, Quebec held weekly Arrima draws, with a total number of invited candidates exceeding 500—significantly more than any of the other draws held this year. The tenth draw of the year will take place on September 30 in Quebec. The province has invited a total of 3,200 individuals to apply for permanent selection.

The Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program

The Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program is designed for skilled workers who are more inclined to become economically established in the province. The program is popular with qualified professionals and international graduates who want to work in Quebec permanently.

Applicants who have been asked to apply for permanent selection have 60 days to complete their applications and payment processing fees. Quebec expects to evaluate complete applications in six months, beginning with the receipt of all essential paperwork. All forms and documents are included in this category.

Candidates will receive a Certificat de sélection du Québec if they are successful (CSQ or Quebec Selection Certificate). They can then use this certificate to apply to the Canadian federal government for permanent residence. Applicants who desire to settle in Quebec are evaluated using a different approach than those who wish to settle elsewhere in Canada. Quebec’s immigration policies are separate from those run by the federal government of Canada.

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