The Immigration Minister of Quebec province in Canada, Simon Jolin-Barrette, for the first time indicated plans to issue invitations under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) recently.
“We heard and listened to the different needs in all regions of Quebec as well as those of the economic community. Immigration is one of the solutions to Quebec’s labour shortages and we will ensure that immigrants who choose to settle here will be able to participate fully in Quebec society.”, said Jolin-Barrette emphasising on addressing the problem of labour shortage in Quebec.
The minister further added that thousands of rejected applications to the QSWP following the introduction of new reforms to the immigration laws earlier this month shall be invited, and his ministry is giving priority to the 3,700 candidates who are already in Quebec.
The provincial government of Quebec shall further prioritize the following applicants for the first batch of invitations:
- Candidates who had applied for a Quebec Selection Certificate (QSC) under QSWP;
- Candidates at the time of submitting their Express of Interest (EOI) were temporary residents of Quebec as of June 16, 2019;
- Should be holding a legitimate job offer from an employer-based out of Quebec.
Quebec Skilled Worker Program applicants who had undertaken EOI through Arrima portal only shall be considered for the invite. It is estimated that nearly 100,000 EOIs has been filed since the launch of Arrima.
Arrima that was launched last September is an online portal to receive EOI under Quebec’s Skilled Worker Program. The online-based EOI system replaced the erstwhile first-come-first-serve approach to be considered for CSQ.
The aspiring candidates are awarded a score based on several factors like age, education, language proficiency, work experience after making an entry on the Arrima portal. Based on the score, the immigration ministry invites eligible candidates for CSQ. CSQ can later be used to apply for a permanent residence program under the federal immigration ministry.
Some measures to streamline the immigration process for the employers were also discussed as the Immigration minister provided information on a new feature to be inducted in Arrima portal next year.
The new feature will give employers direct access to potential candidates that are willing to immigrate to Quebec for economic reasons.
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