Creating an Expression of Interest profile in Arrima is the first step to immigrating to Quebec as a skilled worker.
Quebec issued invitations to apply for selection under the Regular Skilled Worker Program to 233 immigration candidates on December 16.
There were two categories of candidates invited in the latest draw. The first group needed to have a validated offer of employment. The second included people who were staying in Quebec as a diplomat, consular officer, a representative for the United Nations or any intergovernmental organization that carries out operations in Quebec. The draw could have also included people who are members of the staff of any such official, as these occupations are also covered under Section 26 of the Quebec Immigration Regulation.
To immigrate to Quebec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP), candidates must first submit an EOI through Arrima. The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) reviews the bank of profiles and issues invitations to those who meet specific criteria based on labour market needs in Quebec.
Arrima was introduced in 2018 to manage the pool of applicants for the RSWP and to simplify an application intake system that was formerly based on a “first-come, first-served” approach.
Candidates 18 years of age and older interested in immigrating to Quebec through the RSWP must first create an EOI profile in Arrima, after which they are placed in a pool of candidates.
MIFI then invites the most qualified candidates based on, among other criteria, current provincial market labour needs and the person’s strong potential to integrate into Quebec society.
Those invited to apply for permanent selection generally have a limited amount of time to submit a complete immigration application, pay the required fees and present all other required documents.
Those who obtain a passing score on the selection grid will receive their Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), which is a required document in Quebec that certifies that a candidate has been approved for permanent selection by the province.
Those who receive a CSQ can then apply for permanent residence with the Canadian federal government. From there, they will have to undergo a medical examination and a criminal admissibility screening.
Planned Immigration Levels
In recent months, both the Province of Quebec and Canada announced an increase in immigration targets for the coming years. In 2021, Quebec aims to welcome up to 47,500 newcomers. Meanwhile, Canada aims to welcome more than 400,000 immigrants under its various immigration programs over the next year.