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2 August 2018

CANADA: Expression of Interest program in Quebec

Effective 2 August 2018, an Expression of Interest system will replace the first-come, first-served system in Quebec. The new system will give priority to employment-based applicants who have skills that are in high demand and will be used for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

Quebec’s Expression of Interest system is based on a three step process:

Step 1:  Individuals aged 18 years or older must first enter a pool of candidates where they will receive a score based on a range of factors. For minimum eligibility, 2 points in education (secondary school general diploma) and 1 point for financial self-sufficiency are required. The second threshold requires a minimum score of 43 points for employability factors. The third threshold requires 50 points (59 points if applying with a spouse/partner) which are based on additional selection criteria.

The points awarded for most selection factors are the same as those awarded under the current Quebec Skilled Worker Program points grid.

Profiles submitted to the Quebec Expression of Interest system will be valid for up to 12 months.

Step 2: The Government of Quebec will invite its preferred candidates, drawn from the Expression of Interest pool, to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). The invited candidates will have up to 90 days to submit their complete application.

Step 3: Those who receive a CSQ may then apply for Canadian permanent residency.

How does this affect the client?

The changes will help to reduce processing times from the current three years to less than one year.

 

 

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