Quebec Immigration: Details Of Arrima Draws In 2023 For Permanent Selection

Quebec Immigration 2023

The Canadian province of Quebec began its immigration invitation exercise for 2023 with back-to-back draws on February 09 and February 16. It resulted in a total of 2022 invitations to apply for permanent selection (CSQ). 

Arrima system is a dedicated online portal to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Quebec immigration under the Skilled Worker Program. It is modeled after the federal Express Entry system. 

Arrima draw highlights 2023
Quebec draw date ITAs issues Qualifying score Date and time of extraction from the Arrima bank
Febraury 09 1,011 619 February 6, 2023, at 6:30 a.m
February 16 1,011 583 February 13, 2023, at 6:30 a.m

Invitations in February 16 draw were addressed to the persons with the following list of the National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
  • 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  • 2282 User support technicians
  • 2281 Computer network technicians
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2175 Web designers and developers
  • 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 2283 Information systems testing technicians
  • 4031 Secondary school teachers
  • 4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
  • 2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3233 Licensed practical nurses
  • 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
  • 3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

Candidates are invited to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) based on either their scores or other factors such as labor shortages in the province’s outlying regions. Those who apply for and receive a CSQ are required to apply for Canadian permanent residency through the federal Immigration Ministry which verifies medical and criminal admissibility.

You can use our free assessment tool to estimate the score you might obtain when submitting an expression of interest (EOI).

How Foreign Nationals Are Assessed under Quebec’s EOI System

Equivalent to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) in the federal Express Entry system, candidates are ranked in Arrima based on “Human capital” criteria and “Response to Quebec needs” criteria. 

Human capital criteria assess eligible candidates for a maximum score of 580 points awarded for this group of criteria. Points are awarded based on: 

  • Knowledge of French and English
  • Age (highest if applicants are between 18-30)
  • Work experience
  • Level of education

Response to Quebec Needs criteria assesses eligible candidates for a maximum score of 720 points awarded for this group of criteria. Points are awarded based on: 

  • Education in Quebec
  • Work experience in Quebec
  • Job offer in Quebec

Additionally, a maximum of 20 points is awarded for Training of the spouse or de-facto spouse. 

Quebec Immigration Target 2023

Quebec has a special understanding with the Canadian federal government to manage its own immigration programs. 

Quebec will admit up to 52,500 new permanent residents in 2023. The province’s economic immigration streams like the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and the Québec experience program (PEQ) will target a maximum target of 33,900 newcomers, categorized as 

  • 29,500 skilled workers 
  • up to 4,300 business immigrants, which would include investors, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed.

The need for qualified foreign workers in Quebec will continue to grow, especially in health care, social assistance, educational services, information technology, and construction industries.

Book your free appointment with our expert consultants to determine your chances of qualifying for upcoming Arrima draws. 

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