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Quebec Skilled Worker Program
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Quebec Skilled Worker Program

As of November 4, 2015, postal applications for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) will be accepted. This Canadian immigration program aids successful candidates and their families obtain Canadian permanent resident status.

Benefits to applying for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program:

  • First come, first served;
  • No Invitation to Apply required;
  • No job offer required for application;
  • You can apply while remaining in the Express Entry pool to increase your chances;
  • Points available for proficiency in English and/or French;
  • No waiting pool of candidates;
  • Gain points for your Area of Training;
  • Establish yourself and your family in a culture-rich, exciting region of Canada;

As the Quebec Skilled Worker Program application cycle works on a first –come, first-served basis, it is a more straight-forward way of obtaining Canadian permanent resident status compared with other programs processed through the Express Entry selection system.

Several changes have been made to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program over the past few months. A new Area of Training list has been released, and as of August 2015, the pass mark to obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) has been lowered, and the adaptability factor has been removed.

The new application cycle for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program will be split into 2 periods. The first period will run from November 4 to December 15, 2015, accepting up to 3,500 postal applications. And the second will run from January 18 to March 31, 2016, accepting up to 2,800 online applications.

QSWP: 6,300 spaces

  • November 4 – December 15, 3,500 postal applications only
  • January 18 – March 31, 2,800 online applications only

Two-step process

  • Obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ)
  • Apply to the government of Canada for permanent residence

Quebec Skilled Worker selection factors

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program uses a points-based system. Job offers are not required for the QSWP. The following is a breakdown on the selection factors system:

  • Education: up to 14 points
  • Area of Training: up to 16 points
  • Validated Job Offer: up to 10 points
  • Work Experience: up to 8 points
  • Age: up to 16 points
  • Language Proficiency: up to 22 points
  • Family/Stay in Quebec: up to 8 points
  • Spouse/Partner’s Factors: up to 17 points
  • Accompanying Children: up to 8 points
  • Financial Self-Sufficiency: 1 point

A single applicant must score a minimum of 49 points, while an applicant with a spouse/partner must score a minimum of 57 points. Extra points may be awarded for French proficiency, and applicants who have strong credentials in other areas may gain extra points. Once a Quebec Selection Certificate has been issued, medical and security examinations must be successfully completed by the applicants.

Candidates may apply under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program and submit an Express Entry profile, as long as they withdraw one when either the CSQ or Invitation to Apply (ITA) is issued.

To find out if you’re eligible for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, contact Alghoul and Associates today.

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