Quebec Skilled Worker Program Applications Accepted in November

The Quebec government recently announced the long-awaited reopening of the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). Applications will be accepted from November 4, 2015 until March 31, 2016.

The QSWP is a point-based immigration program designed for candidates that are planning to reside in the province of Quebec, as opposed to other provinces and territories in Canada. Points are awarded in various areas: age, education, work experience, language proficiency and others, including criteria that are unique to Quebec (such as the stay in Quebec and the family connections category). A minimum score of 49 (57 if with a spouse/common-law partner) is required to qualify for the Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) which would enable candidates to apply for Canadian permanent resident visa.

 

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The government of Quebec is allowing a maximum of 6,300 application to be processed during the two application periods. The first period will run from November 4 until December 15 of this year, with the government of Quebec accepting up to 3,500 print applications only. The online application period (up to 2,800 applications) will be open from January 18 to March 31, 2016.

Here are some of the benefits of applying through the QSWP program:

  • No pool of candidates: applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • No Invitation to Apply: after acquiring the CSQ, the candidate can apply directly for a PR visa.
  • Easy to predict the outcomes: knowing the passing score allows candidates to more accurately predict their outcome.
  • Area of Training list: this list can account for up to 16 points (out of 49) of the final score, which is good news for candidates with diplomas and expertise in the areas that Quebec seeks. For 2015-2016 applicants, these include Computer Science and Engineering, Accounting and Financial Services, Translation, and Health Care.
  • No job offer required: although a job offer adds points to the candidates, it is not a required part of the application.
  • Points for French proficiency: knowledge of French is not required, but candidates can earn extra points for it.
  • You can still apply for Express Entry: you are required to withdraw one of your applications only after receiving the CSQ or the Invitation to Apply.
  • Quebec is a popular immigration destination: it is quite beautiful indeed!

 

Visit the Quebec immigration website to learn more about the QSWP program and to find out how to apply for this program.

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