Quebec issues 306 invitations to the new Arrima draw

Posted March 5, 2022 8:00 AM EST

Quebec invited 306 skilled workers to apply for permanent selection on February 24.

The invitations were issued by the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) to immigration candidates applying under the Regular Quebec Skilled Worker Program (PTQQ).

Applicants had to have profiles in the Arrima expression of interest system with scores of at least 630 points and have a valid job offer outside of the Montreal metropolitan area.

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The February 24 draw is the fourth of the year for Quebec and brings the number of invitations issued in 2022 to 1,663. Last year, a total of 3,564 candidates were invited to apply for the permanent selection by the province via Arrima.

About the Regular Quebec Skilled Worker Program?

The Quebec Skilled Worker Regular Program is intended for skilled workers most likely to establish themselves economically in the province. The program is popular with skilled workers and international graduates who wish to immigrate to Quebec permanently for work.

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of education and professional skills likely to facilitate their professional integration in Quebec, as well as language skills and their age, among other factors.

Those invited to apply for permanent selection have a maximum of 60 days to submit their application and pay the processing fee. Quebec aims to process complete applications within six months from the date all required information has been received. This includes all forms and documents.

If successful, candidates will obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ or Quebec Selection Certificate). They can then use this document to apply for permanent residency from the Canadian federal government.

Anyone who wants to settle in Quebec is assessed according to a different system than someone who wants to settle elsewhere in Canada. Quebec’s immigration programs are administered by the province and are separate from Canada’s immigration programs.

Quebec admission targets for 2022

In October 2021, Quebec released its immigration admissions targets for 2022. Most newcomers are expected to go through the province’s economic immigration programs, including the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (PTQQ) and the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ).

This year’s plan calls for the admission of 49,500 to 52,500 immigrants in all immigration categories, as well as an additional 18,000 admissions to meet admissions levels not met by the federal government in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that more than 70,000 newcomers could be admitted to Quebec in 2022.

If you have received an invitation to apply for a Quebec selection certificate, you can send an email to [email protected] for the next steps regarding your application.

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