IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Quebec’s National Assembly has passed a bill that includes changes to the Regular Skilled Worker Program.
What does the change mean? Applicants must submit Certificate of Selection (CSQ) applications through the electronic management system, Arrima. Applicants who currently work in Quebec and have intermediate-advanced knowledge of French and one year of work experience in Quebec can also submit a CSQ application through the Quebec Experience Program (mail-in application).
CSQ applications submitted through the previous online system, Mon Projet Québec, prior to Aug. 2, 2018, have been cancelled, and candidates must instead submit an Expression of Interest through Arrima. The Quebec Experience Program for foreign workers remains open for eligible applicants.
Background: The Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion proposed Bill 9 earlier this year. The bill aims to improve the selection of immigrants and strengthen the language requirements for those seeking permanent residence in Quebec. As the Quebec authorities have yet to release the selection criteria, further information on eligibility requirements is pending.
Analysis & Comments: Regular Skilled Worker Program applicants who submitted CSQ applications before Aug. 2, 2018 must resubmit their applications through the Arrima system. New applicants will submit and process their CSQ directly through Arrima. The Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion will review CSQ applications and issue invitations on the basis of labor need, taking into account language knowledge, education, and work experience, among other factors. Once selected, the applicant can submit an official immigration application. The changes are expected to improve processing times and to help recruit more French-speaking foreign nationals.
This alert was prepared by Garson LLP, an independent law firm, allied with Deloitte LLP in Canada.
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