Quebec Introduces Online Application System
Posted on October 14, 2015
The Quebec government has announced plans to receive online applications under its skilled worker program, effective December 31, 2015. The mandatory requirement will not affect applications with a validated offer of employment or applications under the Quebec Experience Class that are submitted before this date. The move toward an online application system will require all applicants for a Quebec Selection Certificate under the skilled worker program, to complete and present their application via the internet. With the exception of the above classes, there are no plans to receive new applications under its skilled worker program in 2015. The online application system does not apply to Quebec business immigration programs.
The period of reception for applications under the Quebec skilled worker program will likely be in early 2016, but has not yet been formally announced.
Earlier this year, Quebec lowered the pass mark for its skilled worker program. Under the program which is unofficially set to open in early 2016, Quebec plans to receive 6300 new applications during the 2015-2016 fiscal session. The Quebec program features more than 75 eligible occupations and areas of training that will enable applicants to qualify for a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ), without a job offer. Many applicants can qualify with minimal knowledge of French.
Unlike the federal Express Entry immigration system or programs offered by other provinces under Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), Quebec remains the only program in Canada where skilled worker applicants can predict their chances for admission on the basis of their proven qualifications. Applicants, who reach a passing score under the Quebec system, receive a CSQ which enables them to qualify for Canadian permanent residence.
A Quebec skilled worker is foreign national who intends to settle in Quebec and secure employment the foreign national is likely able to hold. This determination is made using a point system which evaluates the candidate’s area of training, education, experience, age, language, qualifications of a partner or spouse, offer of employment, and children.