Invitations for Quebec’s Expression of Interest system coming soon

Quebec will soon commence issuing invitations to candidates under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), who have registered an Expression of Interest (EOI) through its online system Arrima, according to the province’s immigration minister.

The Arrima portal was introduced last year, to process EOIs for Quebec’s skilled worker program.

An EOI is a way potential immigrations can notify the Quebec government that they wish to be considered for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ).

An estimated 100,000 EOIs have been filed since Arrima was launched last September.

Under the EOI system, candidates create a profile in Arrima and are awarded a score based on a number of factors, such as language skills, age, education, etc.

Candidates are encouraged to apply for a CSQ based on their score, or based on factors such as filling job shortages in specific regions in the province. Those who receive a CSQ can apply for permanent residence.

The Government of Quebec will issue first invitations to candidates who:

  • previously applied for a selection certificate under the QSWP, and were a temporary resident at the time of their application;
  • had applied for a CSQ in the Quebec Skilled Worker Program and were in Quebec as of June 16, 2019;
  • hold a valid job offer from a Quebec employer.

To learn more about your options for immigrating to Quebec, contact Green Light Canada.



Immigration to British Columbia: the province’s pathways

British Columbia (BC) is Canada’s third largest province in terms of size and population, and is home to the city of Vancouver. It’s well-known for its pacific coastline, and beautiful suburban neighbourhoods.

Due to efforts for population growth and economic growth, BC operates its own provincial nominee program, known as the BC PNP. Under the BC PNP, there are two streams:

  • Skills Immigration/Express Entry B.C
  • Entrepreneur Immigration

The Skills Immigration Stream is for skilled and semi-skileld candidates in high-demand occupation, as well as graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions.

The Skills Immigration Stream has five categories: Skilled Worker, Healthcare Professional, International Graduate, International Post-Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker.

The first four of these categories – Skilled Worker, Healthcare Professional, International Graduate and International Post-Graduate – are linked to the Express Entry, a federal immigration pool.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points, which guarantee them an opportunity to apply for permanent residence.

In 2018, BC nominated 6,500 candidates, of which half came from the Express Entry pool.

Eligibility requirements vary depending on the category. However, candidates under Skills Immigration and Express Entry usually require a permanent, full-time job offer, with exception to those in the International Post-Graduate category.

Points-based system

BC uses a points system called Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), which ranks candidates on language skills, education, job offer, and more.

All Skills Immigration/Express Entry categories (except Healthcare Professional and International Post-graduate) require a SIRS profile.

Tech Pilot

The Tech Pilot is a program of the PC PNP that targets skilled candidates in 29 designated tech occupations, using the Skills Immigration/Express Entry system.

Entrepreneur streams

BC also welcomes candidates with entrepreneurial experience. There are three categories under BC PNP’s Entrepreneur Immigration pathway: the Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category; the Regional Pilot; and the Strategic Pilots Category.

Candidates who apply and are approved are able to apply for a two-year work permit from the Canadian government.

Entrepreneurs who successfully establish their business, and meet the PC PNP’s business performance requirements can apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.



The positive benefits of immigration are the “best weapon” against fear, according to Canada’s Immigration Minister

At an immigration conference in Ottawa where international immigration experts were in attendance, Canada’s Immigration ministers stressed the positive impact of immigration to the country and its economy.

“We here in Canada understand that we need to keep talking to each other on this subject, to learn from each other the proven benefits of migration and the importance of working together to tackle the challenges of irregular migration,” says Ahmad Hussen, Minister of Immigration.

He goes on to say that his experience in his role has made him see how essential immigration is for Canada and other industrialized countries to help with labour shortages, aging populations, and declining birthrates.

“In Canada, I always knew intellectually and from reading reports just how crucial the injection of new immigrants and workers is to our economy. But it wasn’t until I became a minister and I traveled from coast to coast in Canada that I realized just how severe those shortages were and how small and medium and large businesses relied on workers to grow their businesses and contribute to the local economy. They’re one of the biggest champions of increasing immigration numbers into Canada.”

Accuracy on immigration facts are the “best weapon” against fear

Hussen added that immigration efforts should be supported to curb against rising anti-immigrant sentiment.

“The best weapon against fear is facts; facts don’t lie and the numerous studies continue to show that migrants make an enormous contribution to our economies and our societies,” he said.

“Our job as stakeholders as government as all of you working in [the immigration] space, is to fight fear with facts, to push the reality, the positive impact of immigration on the local economy, the positive role that immigration can and does play in meeting demographic challenges, in filling unfilled jobs, in bringing much-needed skills to countries like Canada. We need to highlight that, we cannot take those facts for granted, that everybody understands them or is aware of them.”

Hussen added that according to a United Nations report, Canada settled more refugees than any country in 2018.

“Instead of being the number one country for political prisoners, or the number one country for nuclear bombs, I’d rather be known as the number one country for compassion toward refugees,” he added.

“I’m proud that we have demonstrated to many other countries and politicians who have tried to use immigration as a tool to divide people, we have demonstrated through our government’s actions and through the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government that you can be both strong and effective in protecting your country and the health and safety of your citizens while being compassionate and open to refugees.

You don’t have to pick one or the other. You can do both, and we have demonstrated that.”

To learn more about your eligibility for immigration to Canada, contact Green Light Canada.


Quebec reduces application deadline for Quebec Selection Certificate to 60 days

The Government of Quebec has announced that Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) candidates who have received an invitation to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate must do so within 60 calendar days, as of June 26.

This reduces the previous deadline of 90 days to 60 days.

The shortened application deadline is one of the many immigration reforms enacted by the Government of Quebec.

The government added that Expressions of Interest (EOIs) currently in the QSWP database will remain valid for six more months.

Furthermore, the EOIs of candidates who decline an invitation to apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate will remain in the bank of candidates for their full validity period.

The reforms will commence immediately, says the Government of Quebec.

To learn more about your eligibility to immigrate to Quebec, contact Green Light Canada.