The Quebec Immigration Ministry has invited 444 foreign workers to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate in its latest draw conducted on August 19, 2019. The draw was targeting Quebec skilled worker program candidates who had expressed their interest under the new Arrima system. Those foreign workers had their applications request cancelled following the migration reforms that were passed on June 16, 2019.

What were the prerequisites to apply for Permanent selection certificate?

There were specific requirements that all candidates had to meet to be invited for the August 19th draw. They include;

  • Their initial application request for the selection was submitted under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, and it was later cancelled pursuant to Section 28 of Quebec’s Act.
  • They ought to have filed an Expression of Interest (EOI) with the minister before December 17, 2019
  • They were in either of the following situations;
  • Their application of interest which was later terminated under the Act was forwarded to the minister under section 5.01, which stipulates the regulations governing the selection of foreign nationals.
  • On June 16, 2019, they were already staying in Quebec having acquired a study or work permit that was issued in line with the immigration and refugee protection regulations.
    Since the establishment of Quebec Expression of Interest (EOI) program a year ago, this was the third draw to be conducted. There has been a total of 1,394 invites that have been issued to date.

The new Arrima system was introduced to create a request database for foreigners with EOIs for the Quebec Skilled Workers Program and to manage its bank of candidates.

What is an Expression of Interest (EOI)?

An Expression of interest (EOI) is not considered as an application for a permanent residence. It’s a formal way for interested candidates to inform the Quebec’s Immigration Ministry that they would like to be considered for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ).

With a CSQ, a candidate can now tender his application for a permanent residence in Quebec. The new Expression of Interest digital system was unveiled as an alternative to the old and outdated method of accepting new applications to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program where priority was given on the first-come-first-serve basis.

Under the new EOI system, interested candidates create a profile in Arrima, and they are awarded scores based on various key factors including age, education levels, work experience, and proficiency in French.

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