In our previous posts, we introduced you to the different immigration programs and pathways for Canada, explained how Express Entry works, discussed how family sponsorship works, and talked about how provincial nominees work.
In this post, we will explore another way to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker in the province of Quebec: Quebec-selected skilled workers.
What are Quebec-selected skilled workers?
Quebec-selected skilled workers are individuals who want to immigrate to Canada and who are interested in living and working in the province of Quebec.
Quebec has a special agreement on immigration with the Government of Canada and has its own rules for choosing immigrants who will adapt well to its unique culture, language, and society.
How do Quebec-selected skilled workers work?
Quebec-selected skilled workers work in two steps:
- Apply to the Government of Quebec for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec or CSQ): You need to choose a program that suits your profile and goals. There are two main programs for skilled workers: the Regular Skilled Worker Program and the Quebec Experience Program. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, application process, and fees. You can use the [online tool] to find out which program is best for you. You then need to submit an expression of interest (EOI) or an application to the Government of Quebec online or by mail. The Government of Quebec will then assess your EOI or application and decide whether to issue you a CSQ or not. A CSQ is a document that shows that the Government of Quebec has accepted you as an immigrant.
- Apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence: If you receive a CSQ from the Government of Quebec, you must apply to IRCC for permanent residence within 24 months or before your CSQ expires, whichever comes first. You need to fill out the online or paper forms in the application package, pay the fees, and submit the application by mail or online (if available). You also need to provide proof of your CSQ, identity, education, work experience, language ability, and other documents.
The processing time for Quebec-selected skilled worker applications varies depending on the type of program, the Government of Quebec, and IRCC. You can check the current processing times on the IRCC website. You can also link your paper application to your online account to check the status of your application.
What are the benefits of being a Quebec-selected skilled worker?
There are several benefits of being a Quebec-selected skilled worker, such as:
- Having more autonomy: You can choose a program that matches your skills, education, work experience, and goals. You can also choose where you want to live and work in Quebec, which is a large and diverse province with many opportunities.
- Having more support: You can access settlement services and resources from the Government of Quebec and its partners. You can also benefit from the French language courses and integration programs offered by the Government of Quebec.
- Having more culture: You can experience the rich and unique culture of Quebec, which is influenced by its history, geography, and people. You can also learn or improve your French language skills, which is an official language of Canada and an asset in the global market.
These are some of the benefits of being a Quebec-selected skilled worker. You can find more information about each program on the official website of the Government of Quebec.
We hope that this post has given you a clear overview of how Quebec-selected skilled workers work and how you can apply for permanent residence as a skilled worker in the province of Quebec.
In our next post, we will discuss the Atlantic Immigration Program, another way to immigrate to Canada by graduating from a school or working in one of the four Atlantic provinces.