CANADA – Quebec Immigration Program Reaches Limit in One Day
Quebec Immigration opened its online application system between 16 August 2016 and received 5000 applications for immigration under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program in a mere five hours.
The online application system, which is known as Mon Projet Quebec, will only accept applications that are validated and complete, which meant that all of the hopeful applicants had carefully prepared their applications well in advance of the intake date. A previous intake in June also yielded 5000 applications and the province has now reached its overall cap of 10,000 applications for the fiscal year (1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017).
The Province of Quebec reached an agreement on immigration with the Government of Canada in 1971. This agreement gives the province more control over immigration selection than the other Canadian provinces enjoy.
Quebec’s selection is focused on two principal programs. One is aimed at attracting business immigrants and investors and the other is for permanent skilled workers. Provincial immigration officials review all applications and issue Selection Certificates (CSQs) to successful applicants. Individuals who receive a CSQ must also pass federal security and medical reviews before obtaining their permanent residence status in Canada.
The Province is expecting to receive 26,200 skilled workers and 5,400 business immigrants before March 2017.
Quebec Immigration also has jurisdiction over temporary workers and foreign students. A foreign worker or foreign student must obtain an Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) before they can be issued a study or work permit.
- Employers in Quebec intending to hire foreign national skilled workers in the next financial year (2017/2018) should ensure that applications are fully completed ready for submission during the next intake.
- Note that candidates who have an employment offer validated by Quebec Immigration, as well as individuals who are temporary residents of Quebec and eligible to submit an application for CSQ, are exempt from the annual cap and may submit an application at any time.