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Quebec issues 306 invitations in new Arrima draw

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On February 24, Quebec asked 306 talented people to apply for permanent selection.

The invites were sent out by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) to immigrants who applied through the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Candidates had to have profiles in the Arrima Expression of Interest system with scores of at least 630 points and they had a valid job offer outside of the Montreal Metropolitan area.

Quebec’s February 24 draw is the fourth of the year, bringing the total number of invitations in 2022 to 1,663. Last year, 3,564 candidates were invited to apply for the permanent selection by the province through Arrima.

About the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program?

Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program is for skilled workers who are most likely to establish themselves economically in Quebec. The program is popular among skilled workers and international graduates who wish to immigrate permanently to Quebec.

Among other factors, candidates are assessed according to their education and professional skills that could facilitate their integration into the province of Quebec, as well as their language skills and their age.

Quebec aims to process complete applications within six months, starting on the date all the required information has been received, for those invited to apply for permanent selection. Applicants have a maximum of 60 days to submit their applications and pay processing fees.This includes all forms and documents.

The successful candidates will be awarded a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ or Quebec Selection Certificate) which they can then use to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

Québec’s immigration programs are administered by the province, and are separate from Canada’s immigration programs. Those who want to settle in the province of Quebec will be assessed differently than those who want to settle elsewhere in Canada.

Quebec admission targets for 2022

In October 2021, Quebec announced its immigration admission targets for 2022. Most of these newcomers will come through the provinces economic immigration programs, including the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) and the Québec Experience Program (PEQ).

As part of this years plan, 49,500 to 52,500 immigrants are expected to be admitted across all immigration categories, as well as an additional 18,000 admissions to meet the immigration levels not met by the federal government in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.