The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) will be open to 5,000 additional applications on a first-come, first-served basis from August 16th to August 22nd.
This is the second intake period announced by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (MIDI).
Candidates are already able to create the required online user account in order to submit an application for a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ).
Applicants who qualify under the Quebec Experience Program or with a validated job offer may submit an application anytime and are not confined to an intake period. Additionally, applicants with a valid study or work permit are not confined to an intake period.
QSWP features more than 75 eligible occupations and areas of training that will enable applicants to qualify for a CSQ without a job offer.
The Areas of Training list features a wide range of studies awarding points to applicants (and a spouse or de facto spouse) for diplomas acquired outside Quebec or obtained in Quebec or recognized as Quebec equivalent.
he Quebec government published in 2015, a revised areas of training list under its popular Skilled Worker Program. The revised list enumerates a wider range of studies awarding points to applicants and a spouse or de facto spouse for diplomas acquired outside Quebec or obtained in Quebec or recognized as Quebec equivalent.
The Quebec Skilled Worker program aims to select candidates with the highest probability of successful economic settlement potential.
The following is a partial reference to the Quebec Immigration High Demand Occupation List. The list of occupations provides applicants from outside Canada, who do not have intermediate french abilities, the best chances to qualify under Quebec rules.
- Human Resources Managers (0112)
- Banking, credit and other investment managers (0122)
- Engineering Managers (0211)
- Computer and Information Systems Managers (0213)
- Administrators – Post-secondary Education and Vocational Training (0421)
- Sales, Marketing and Advertising Managers (0611)
- Manufacturing Managers (0911)
- Financial Auditors and Accountants (1111)
- Financial and Investment Analysts (1112)
- Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
- Other financial officers (1114)
- Human Resources professionals (1121)
- Professional Occupations in Business Management Consulting (1122)
- Human Resources and Recruitment officers (1223)
- Assessors, Valuators and Appraisers (1314)
- Physicists and Astronomers (2111)
- Geoscientists and Oceanographers (2113)
- Biologists and Related Scientists (2121)
- Civil Engineer (2131)
- Mechanical Engineers (2132)
- Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2133)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers (2141)
- Aerospace Engineers (2146)
- Computer Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers) (2147)
- Other Professional Engineers, n.e.c (2148)
- Information Systems Analysts and Consultants (2171)
- Database Analysts and Data Administrators (2172)
- Software Engineers and Designers (2173)
- Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (2174)
- Web Designers and Developers (2175)
- Chemical Technologists and Technicians (2211)
- Biological Technologists and Technicians (2221)
- Agricultural and Fish Products Inspectors (2222)
- Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2231)
- Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians (2232)
- Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians (2233)
- Construction Estimators (2234)
- Architectural Technologists and Technicians (2251)
- Industrial Designers (2252)
- Drafting Technologists and Technicians (2253)
- Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational health & Safety (2263)
- Construction Inspectors (2264)
- Computer Network Technicians (2281)
- User Support Technicians (2282)
- Systems Testing Technicians (2283)
- Head Nurses and Supervisors (3151)
- Registered Nurses (3152)
- Medical Radiation Technologists (3215)
- Medical Sonographers (3216)
- Opticians (3151)
- Licensed Practical Nurses (3233)
- Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment (3237)
- College and Other Vocational Instructors (4131)
- Psychologists (4151)
- Business Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants (4163)
- Social Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers (4164)
- Other Professional Occupations in Social Science, n.e.c. (4169)
- Community and Social Service Workers (4212)
- Librarians (5111)
- Archivists (5113)
- Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters (5125)
- Library and Public Archive Technicians (5211)
- Graphic Arts Technicians (5223)
- Graphic Designers and Illustrators (5241)
- Technical Sales Specialists – Wholesale Trade (6221)
- Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical) (6411)
- Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors (7231)
- Tool and Die Makers (7232)
- Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics (7312)
- Machine Fitters (7316)
- Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors (7315)
- Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing (9213)
- Supervisors, Plastic and Rubber Products Manufacturing (9214)
- Supervisors, Motor Vehicle Assembling (9221)
- Supervisors, Electronics Manufacturing (9222)
- Supervisors, Electrical Products Manufacturing (9223)
- Supervisors, other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing (9226)
- Supervisors, Other Products Manufacturing and Assembly (9227)
- Chemical Plant Machine Operators (9421)
- Machining Tool Operators (9511)
QSWP aims to select candidates with the highest probability of successful economic settlement. Foreign nationals wishing to settle permanently in Quebec must undergo a two-step immigration process.
They must first be selected by MIDI to receive a CSQ.
Then an approved CSQ holder must file an application with the federal immigration authorities. The federal government's role in evaluating a Quebec application for permanent residence is limited to issues of health and criminality.
Unlike the federal Express Entry immigration system or other Provincial Nominee Programs, Quebec remains the only program in Canada where skilled worker applicants are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and can predict their chances for admission on the basis of their proven qualifications.
What is a Quebec Skilled Worker?
A Quebec skilled worker is foreign national who intends to settle in Quebec and hold employment. This determination is made using a points system which evaluates the candidate’s area of training, education, experience, age, language, qualifications of a partner or spouse, offer of employment (which is not required), and children.
Applicants in a wide range of areas, including management, financial services, engineering, information technology and health care, have the best chance of success.
The Quebec application selection process features a multi-stage assessment, each with minimum cut-off scores.
Applicants with a passing score are issued a CSQ and may apply to the federal authorities for entry to Canada. Once admitted, a permanent resident enjoys all the rights and freedoms of labour mobility throughout Canada.
Quebec has received worldwide attention as a popular immigration destination. Last year, Montreal was rated by the Economist as the second best place in the world to live. Toronto topped the list.