If you are ready to take the next big step after your graduation from Australia or the completion of your Australia work visa tenure you must be paying attention to opportunities in Canada. Canada is open and consistent in welcoming skilled foreigners with Canada immigration programs. They happen both at the federal and provincial levels.
In Canada, Quebec is one of the provinces that stands out being the only officially francophone province. The province needs skilled immigrants to fill in-demand jobs in areas of finance, healthcare, human resources, IT, and engineering among others. Hence the province has been relentlessly bringing in skilled foreign workers through immigration draws like the one that was held on October 21, 2021.
Quebec issued invitations to 23 immigration candidates giving them the opportunity to apply for permanent selection. The candidates were issued invitations under QSWP. The QSW program opens up a pathway that helps them to do Canada immigration to settle in Quebec.
MIFI manages the permanent selection of candidates to Quebec. To become eligible to apply for it, the candidates need to file an EOI in the Arrima pool.
The Quebec government’s Arrima online platform offers many services to foreign nationals who desire to immigrate to Quebec. Arrima is an entirely free platform for anyone to make use of.
The invitations sent in this draw also targeted candidates who held a valid job offer outside the MMA (Montreal Metropolitan Area). Also targeted were candidates who reside in Quebec as a UN representative, consular official, diplomat, or representative of an intergovernmental organization involved in operations in Quebec.
In the first 3 quarters of 2021, Quebec issued invitations to 28,770 new individuals who held a Canada PR visa. Of these individuals, 16,655 came to Quebec via economic programs, of which 1,315 were business immigrants and skilled workers were 15,335 in number.
QSWP is designed to assist skilled workers in economically establishing themselves in Quebec. This program is popularly chosen by international graduates as well as skilled workers with the desire to immigrate to Quebec. They arrive in Quebec as permanent residents and workers in the province.
Once candidates involved in the draw get the invitations issued by Quebec, within 60 days they will need to file their application to obtain permanent selection. They are also required to pay the processing fee.
In the normal course, it takes 6 months to process these applications. In case the application is accepted, candidates will be issued a CSQ (Quebec Selection Certificate). With their CSQ, they can file the application for a Canada PR visa to Canada’s federal government.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
EOI – Expression of Interest
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
QSWP – Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program
MIFI – Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration