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Regular Selection Program for Skilled Worker (QSW)

Regular Selection Program for Skilled Worker (QSW) is one of Quebec’s immigration pathways for foreign students, Quebec graduates and skilled temporary foreign workers. 

Your are eligible for Regular Selection Program for Skilled Worker (QSW), if you are;

  • an international student in Quebec, I want to plan my permanent residence in Quebec, OR
  • just graduated from Quebec post-secondary school and I have post-graduate work permit, I want to be permanent residence in Quebec.

How does it work?

To apply to immigrate, you first must submit an expression of interest through Arrima. You can complete and update your expression of interest form at any time, free of charge.

Those who have submitted an expression of interest and whose profiles meet Québec’s needs are invited by Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration to apply for permanent selection. If you receive an invitation and wish to continue with the process, you must apply for permanent selection and send the Ministère the supporting documents required to process your application.

Anyone wishing to immigrate to Québec under the Regular Skilled Worker Program must go through Arrima.

The Arrima immigration application management system is based on an expression of interest and follows a three-step process:

  1. First, you must complete an expression of interest form online. You will need to enter certain information, such as your education, language skills, and work experience.
  2. The Ministère reviews the bank of expressions of interest and issues invitations to applicants who meet certain criteria, based on labour market needs in the different regions of Québec. Those individuals can submit a permanent selection application (official immigration application) and pay the associated fees.

Applications will be evaluated using the selection grid in effect.

Selection Grid

The selection factors and criteria are designed to assess your social and professional profile (as well as your spouse’s, if applicable) and help determine your potential for integrating into the Québec labour market and Québec society? The factors and criteria considered are:

  • Your training (level of education and area of training). Only diplomas obtained before the submission of your application are considered in the attribution of points for the Education Level criterion;
  • Your work experience
  • Your age
  • Your knowledge of French and English
  • Your stays in Québec and family relationship with a Canadian citizen or a permanent Québec resident
  • Having a permanent employment offer validated by the Ministère. See the section International recruitment – Hiring a permanent foreign worker
  • Characteristics of your accompanying spouse or de facto spouse, if applicable
  • Other factors, incuding the number of children under the age of 22 who will be accompanying you to Québec
  • Your capacity for financial self-sufficiency (you must sign a contract in which you undertake to provide for your needs and your family’s needs for at least the first three months following your arrival in Québec).

Timeframes

  1. Create Arrima Account, finish the submission in 90 days.
  2. Waiting for the invitation. (6-12 months)
  3. Applicants can update your information such as language test score during the process time. After invitation, can not change your application information.
  4. Results:1, Applicants receive invitation, submit further files and information in 90 days. 2, Applicants do not receive invitation, after 12 months, need to recreate new account.

Selection Grid for the Regular Skilled Worker Program Regulation of August 2, 2018

 MAX. POINTS
103/120
TRAINING(26 max.)

Cutoff score: 2 points

for the Level of Education criterion

Level of educationGeneral high school2
Vocational high school6
General postsecondary 2 years4
Technical postsecondary 1 year or 2 years6
Technical postsecondary 3 years8
University, undergraduate, 1 year4
University, undergraduate, 2 years6
University, undergraduate , 3 years or +10
University, master’s, 1 year or +12
University, doctorate14
Area of training

Points in Part I (foreign diploma) or in Part II (diploma

from Québec or equivalent) of the list

0, 2, 6, 9, or 12
EXPERIENCE(8 max.)
 Work experience of skilled workerLess than 6 months0
6 months to 11 months4
12 months to 23 months4
24 months to 35 months6
36 months to 47 months6
48 months or +8
AGE(16 max.)
  18 years to 35 years16
36 years14
37 years12
38 years10
39 years8
40 years6
41 years4
42 years2
43 years or +0
LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY(22 max.)
 FrenchOral comprehension0, 5, 6, or 7
Oral expression0, 5, 6, or 7
Written comprehension0 or 1
Written expression0 or 1
EnglishOral comprehension0, 1, or 2
Oral expression0, 1, or 2
Written comprehension0 or 1
Written expression0 or 1
STAY AND FAMILY IN QUÉBEC(8 max.)
  

Stay for study purposes leading to a DVS or an AVS of 900 to less than 1,800 hours, combined with at least 6 months or more full-time work experience in Québec

related to the area of training

 

5

Stay for study purposes leading to a DVS or an AVS of

1,800 hours or more, a DCS, or an undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral diploma

 

5

Stay for work purposes with work permit of at least 1

year and full-time work experience of 6 months or more

5
Other stays of 3 months or +2
Other stays of 2 weeks to 3 months1
Family in QuébecSp, fr, mr, br, sr, son, daughter, gf, gm3
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ACCOMPANYING SPOUSE OR DE FACTO SPOUSE(17 max.)
 Level of educationGeneral high school1
Vocational high school2
General postsecondary 2 years1
Technical postsecondary 1 year or2 years2
Technical postsecondary 3 years3
University, undergraduate 1 year1
University, undergraduate 2 years2
University, undergraduate 3 years or +3
University, master’s 1 year or +4
University, doctorate4
Area of training

Points in Part I (foreign diploma) or Part II (diploma

from Québec or equivalent) of the list

0, 1, 2, 3, or 4
AgeUnder 18 years0
18 to 35 years3
36 years2
37 years2
38 years2
39 years2
40 years1
41 years1
42 years1
43 years or +0
Language proficiencyOral comprehension0, 2, or 3
Oral expression0, 2, or 3
 PROPOSED
VALIDATED JOB OFFER(14 max.)
 Validated job offer in CMM8

Validated job offer outside CMM

Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Bas-Saint-Laurent

Capitale-Nationale

Centre-du-Québec

Chaudière-Appalaches

Côte-Nord

Estrie

Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Lanaudière

Laurentides

Mauricie

Montérégie

Nord-du-Québec

Outaouais

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

 

13

12

14

13

14

12

13

10

13

12

12

14

12

13

12

CUTOFF SCORE FOR EMPLOYABILITY43 or 52
CHILDREN(8 max.)
 12 years or —Per child4
13 to 21 yearsPer child2
FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY (CUTOFF) (SIGNATURE OF UNDERTAKING)1
PASSING SCORE AT PRELIMINARY AND SELECTION TEST

 

Without/with spouse

 

50/59

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