What is the change? Quebec’s Skilled Worker Program will reopen Nov. 4 with a maximum of 6,300 applicants to be accepted under the program.

What does the change mean? Skilled workers may apply for permanent residency through the program without needing a job offer or using the Express Entry system to vie for an invitation to apply.

  • Implementation time frame: Nov. 4.
  • Visas/permits affected: Permanent residency.
  • Who is affected: Skilled workers in Quebec seeking to obtain permanent residency.
  • Business impact: The program offers an alternative to companies with skilled workers in Quebec, as it is separate from the Federal Skilled Worker Program and applicants do not need to go through the Express Entry points-based system.

Background: Applications will be accepted by mail from Nov. 4 to Dec. 15 and online from Jan. 18, 2016 to March 31, 2016. Under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, candidates must obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) by earning points for language skills, training, education, work experience and other factors. If they obtain a CSQ, they may apply for permanent residency. Unlike the Express Entry system, applications are considered in the order in which they are submitted, rather than prioritized by ranking.

BAL Analysis: Eligible applicants should prepare to apply soon after the program opens, as it is expected to fill quickly.

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