The Quebec immigration ministry has announced that applications for the Programme de l’expérience québécoise can now be submitted online. Starting Tuesday, January 12, PEQ candidates can submit their applications through the Arrima platform. Besides applications, candidates can also use the platform to pay the necessary fees and download supporting documents.

In a previous announcement, Quebec had informed its candidates that paper-based applications might be allowed until January 25, 2020. Any PEQ application made past that date must be through an online process as the Quebec immigration ministry will reject all paper applications due to the current global pandemic. Of course, applicants have conveniently submitted their applications through the Arrima platform since the spring of 2020. All the same, this will become a compulsory online submission process from January 26, according to the Ministry of Immigration, Francization, and Integration. However, this is not the only program subject to change.

Quebec is working on launching three new permanent pilots, particularly for workers in the health, computer, and food processing industries. Suffice to say, document submission for permanent pilots, once launched, must be done electronically through the Arrima platform.

What is Arimma?

Introduced by Quebec in 2019, Arrima is an online platform mostly used by MIFI. It is intended to collect expression of interest from skilled foreign nationals interested in immigrating to Quebec through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program. MIFI evaluates the profiles submitted by the candidates based on the information they submit on the Arrima portal. The assessment is grounded on such factors as education, work experience, and language skills.

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