On January 26, 2021, Quebec issued invites to 95 immigration candidates to apply to be selected under the RSWP. The selected candidates had EOI in Arrima, Quebec’s online portal for registration.
The candidates invited to this draw belonged to 2 categories. In the first category, there were candidates who had a valid offer for employment. In the second category, there were candidates who were in Quebec already as a consular officer, a diplomat, or a UN representative if not a representative of an inter-governmental organization operating in Quebec. The people included in the draw could also be staff members of any such official body since these jobs are also included under Quebec Immigration Regulation’s Section 26.
Under the RSWP candidates must first file an EOI via Arrima. The submission is then reviewed by MIFI. Then invitations are sent to those who meet the criteria based on Quebec’s labor market needs.
The immigration processes and criteria are different from Canada’s immigration programs.
Arrima, which was introduced in 2018, was created to manage the pool of applicants for RSWP. Its online application intake system simplifies the process that was based on a first-come, first-served criterion.
Candidates of at least 18 years of age must as the first step, create an EOI profile in Arrima. After this, they are placed in a candidate pool. Then the most qualified candidates are chosen based on criteria including those that are required specifically to meet the labor market requirements of Quebec. The chosen candidate will also have great potential to integrate into the native society in Quebec.
The invited candidates can apply for Canada PR within a limited time. In that time, the completed immigration application must be filed along with required fees paid and needed documents also submitted.
After this, the immigration ministry looks through the application and gives it a score with the use of the RSWP selection grid. The score is assigned based on factors like age, education level, work experience, and language skills.
Candidates who get a passing score on the selection grid will get a CSQ. This document certifies that a candidate has received approval for PR by the province. Those who hold the CSQ can apply for a Canada PR visa. All that remains then will be a medical check and a screening for criminal admissibility.
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EOI – Expression of Interest
RSWP – Regular Skilled Worker Program
MIFI – Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
CSQ – Certificat de sélection du Québec
PR – Permanent Residence