Quebec with its autonomy given by the federal government has its own immigration programs for the skilled immigrants to apply for permanent residence. Quebec is the only province in Canada that has French as its official language, making it mandatory for immigrants to prove proficiency in the French language. There are also two other immigration programs for non-French immigrants.
Following are the different immigration programs through which you can move to Quebec as a PR:
The Province of Quebec has a special agreement with the federal government that allows them to have their own rules and select the skilled immigrants who meet those minimum requirements.
Now, to move to the province of Quebec as a skilled immigrant, you have to follow two simple steps:
To apply through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, you have to score the minimum score required under the QSWP points assessment grid. Once you clear the minimum points requirement, you can submit your EOI through an online portal – Arrima. Quebec’s government will then invite immigrants to submit their application for CSQ.
QSWP Points Assessment Grid
If you are applying without your spouse under QSWP, you have to score a minimum of 50 points and if applying with your spouse, you have to get a minimum of 59 points in the QSWP points assessment grid.
Following tables will illustrate how points are awarded for Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ):
|Connection to Quebec||8|
|Accompanying Spouse factor||17|
|Valid Job Offer||14|
|Capacity for financial autonomy||1|
Following is the fees for Quebec Skilled Workers/ Professionals processing fees (Quebec PNP fees) –
|Spouse or common-law partner||$166|
|Each dependent child||$166|
Other than the above fees, you have to submit the Canada PR Visa fees.
Getting a PR Visa through Quebec is a two-step process. The first stage is to get the CSQ certificate that shows you are selected for the permanent resident status in the province. The second stage is to submit your application for a Canada PR Visa to the IRCC.
Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) processing time – 15 to 17 months (federal stage only).