July 18, 2018

New Expression of Interest system announced for Quebec Skilled Worker

Preliminary Evaluation for Immigration to Quebec link here

Quebec has finally announced the details of their new “Expression of Interest” (EOI) based system for Quebec Skilled Worker program that will be launched on the 02nd August 2018.

Once the EOI based system comes into effect, it will replace the plagued Mon-Projet and the older model of first come first served QSWP.

This new program also referred to as the Regular Skilled Worker Program will include following steps in its process: (Conditions of Regular Skilled Worker Program here)

  • File an EOI expressing interest to settle and immigrate to Quebec in its EOI bank.
  • Successful profiles will be chosen from the bank and receive ITA to apply for QSWP
  • Submission of an application for certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) to MIDI
  • Once successful, then submit an application to IRCC for Permanent Residence.

Applicants in the pool must meet the cut-off threshold in order to be successful to receive an ITA to apply for QSWP.

Check if you are eligible to apply for QSWP – EOI

In order to be eligible for QSWP an individual should be 18years and older and will be assigned a score based on 9 selection factors which include skilled work experience, education and training, proficiency in French or English, financial self-sufficiency, and others. To be considered eligible an applicant must score 2 points for education under Secondary School Diploma and 1 point under Financial Self Sufficiency. This will enable them to enter and remain in the bank.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program selection factors

QUEBEC SKILLED WORKER PROGRAM SELECTION FACTORS
1. Education (up to 14 points;  Min Eligibility = 2 points)
2. Areas of training (up to 12 points)
3. Work experience (up to 8 points)
4. Age (up to 16 points)
5. Language proficiency (up to 22 points)
6. Stay and Family in Quebec (up to 8 points)
7. Spouse/common-law partner characteristics (up to 17 points)
8. Valid job offer (up to 14 points)
9. Presence of accompanying children (up to 8 points)
10. Financial self-sufficiency (1 point)

Once the profiles meet the minimum eligibility of 2 points under education and 1 point under financial self-sufficiency, as the following step, they then have to further meet the minimum cut-off score of 43 for Employability factors.
With a spouse or common-law, the cut-off score would be 52 to include spouse points for education, training, work experience and language skills.

And finally, in the 3rd and final step, candidates in the EOI Bank must also meet the minimum threshold for total overall Selection factors, which is 50 points as single and 59 with a spouse or common-law partner. Selection factors take into consideration all Employability factors and the addition of children and the financial self-sufficiency.

A very important part of your QSWP EOI is the area of training selection factor. The area of training is the field of study written on your diploma & awards up to 12 points on the application. Immigration Quebec assigns a point value to all types of diplomas. The amount of points assigned to each field of study is decided based on the labor market needs of Quebec. So in order to accumulate points for the training factor under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, the applicant must have earned a diploma or degree in areas that meet Quebec labor market requirements. The list of the areas of training is here.

Once in the Quebec Expression of Interest Bank, a candidate’s profile will remain active for 12 months.
Candidates who are invited to apply for a CSQ will have 90 days to submit their application.

It’s important to note that meeting the minimum threshold of 50 points under the Selection does not necessarily mean a candidate will be invited to apply for a Certificate de sélection du Québec, (CSQ).

A minimum threshold score of 50 for a single applicant and 59 with spouse/common-law partner just entitles you to file an EOI and enter the EOI bank.
Invitations to apply for CSQ may be sent to highest ranking candidates in the bank. Further, the Quebec Immigration Act in Section 44 of the updated Act states that “criterion relating to a foreign national’s ability to successfully stay or settle in Quebec, such as training or a trade or occupation” may determine invitations. Other criteria may include “a region of destination in Québec, a country or region affected by a humanitarian crisis or the existence of an international commitment.”

The minister of immigration of Quebec further stressed that his department will aim to process the QSWP applicants in less than 12 months, which will be a relief from their current processing time of roughly 3years.

#foreverhopeful

Quebec Expression of Interest Bank Selection Factors – POINT GRID

FACTORS Criteria Points
Factor 1: Training Maximum 20 points 
Education Level 
secondary school general
diploma
2
secondary school vocational
diploma
6
postsecondary school general
diploma attesting
2 years of full-
time studies
4
postsecondary school technical
diploma attesting to 1 year of
full-time studies
6
postsecondary school technical
diploma attesting to 2 years of
full-time studies
6
secondary school vocational
diploma or postsecondary
school technical diploma
attesting to 1 or 2 years of full-
time studies in training
contemplated in section A or B
of area I or II of criterion 1.2
0
postsecondary school technical
diploma attesting to 3 years of
full-time studies
8
postsecondary school technical
diploma attesting to 3 years of
full-time studies in training
contemplated in section A or B
of area I or II of criterion 1.2
0
undergraduate university
degree attesting to 1 year of
full-time studies
4
undergraduate university
degree attesting to 2 years of
full-time studies
6
undergraduate diploma
attesting to 3 or more years of
full-time studies
10
master’s degree attesting to 1
or more years of full-time
studies
12
doctorate
14
Areas of training
(List is here)
Section A of areas
12
Section B of areas 9
Section C of areas 6
Section D of areas 2
Section E, F, G of areas 0
Factor 2: Work experience  Maximum 8 points
48 months or over
8
36 to 47 months 6
24 to 35 months 6
12 to 23 months 4
6 to 11 months 4
Less than 6 months
0
Factor 3: Age Maximum 16 points
18 to 35 years of age 16
36 years of age 14
37 years of age 12
38 years of age 10
39 years of age 8
40 years of age
6
42 years of age 2
43 years and older 0
Factor 4: Language proficiency (Official link here) Maximum 16 points
French Oral comprehension
(Listening)
0, 5, 6 or 7
Oral expression
(Speaking)
0, 5, 6 or 7
Written comprehension
(Reading)
0 or 1
Written expression
(Writing)
0 or 1
English Oral comprehension
(Listening)
0, 1 or 2
Oral expression (Speaking) 0, 1 or 2
Written comprehension
(Reading)
0 or 1
Written expression
(Writing)
0 or 1
Factor 5: Stay and Family in Quebec  Maximum 8 points 
Stay in Quebec
to study for 1 regular full-time
semester if study is the main
activity
0
to study for at least 2 regular
full-time semesters if study is
the main activity
0
for studies leading to a
vocational training diploma
(DEP) or an attestation of
college studies (AEC) attesting
to a total of 900 to less than
1,800 hours, combined with
full-time work experience in
Québec, related to the field of
training, for a period of at least
6 months followin
g the program
of studies
5
for studies leading to a
vocational training diploma
(DEP) or an attestation of
college studies (AEC) attesting
to a total of 900 to less than
1,800 hours, combined with
full-time work experience in
Québec, related to the field of
training, for a period of at least
6 months following the program
of studies
5
to work, with a work permit of at
least 1 year and full-time work
experience of 6 months
5
to work for at least 3 months if
work is the main activity
0
to work for at least 6 months if
work is the main activity
0
in the context of a youth
exchange program to which an
international agreement
entered into by Québec or
Canada, if work is the main
activity for at least 3 months
0
in the context of a youth
exchange program to which an
international agreement
entered into by Québec or
Canada, if work is the main
activity for at least 6 months
0
for business for at least 1 week
0
Other stay

for a duration
equivalent to at least 2 weeks
1
Other stay for a duration
equivalent to at least 3 months
2
Family in Quebec Common-law partner/son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister/grandfather or grandmother 3
Factor 6: Spouse/common-law partner characteristics  Maximum 17 points
Education level
secondary school general
diploma
1
secondary school vocational
diploma
2
postsecondary school general
diploma attesting to 2 years of
full-time studies
1
postsecondary school technical
diploma attesting to 1 year of
full-time studies
2
postsecondary school technical
diploma attesting to 2 years of
full-time studies
2
postsecondary school technical
diploma attesting to 3 years of
full-time studies
3
undergraduate university
degree attesting to 1 year of
full-time studies
1
undergraduate university
degree attesting to 2 years of
full-time studies
2
undergraduate university
degree attesting to 3 years of
full-time studies
3
master’s degree attesting to 1
year or more of full-time
studies
4
doctorate
4
Areas of training  (List of Training Areas is here)
Section A of areas
4
Section B of areas
3
Section C of areas
2
Section D of areas
1
Section E, F, G of areas
0
Age
18 to 35 years of age
3
36 – 39 years of age
2
40 – 72 years of age 1
43 years and older 0
French language proficiency Oral comprehension or expression 0, 2 or 3
Factor 7: Valid job offer Maximum 14 points
Validated employment offer in
the metropolitan area of
Montréal
8
Validated employment offer outside the metropolitan area of Montréal in one of the following administrative regions:
a. Abitibi-Témiscamingue
13
b. Bas-Saint-Laurent 12
c. Capitale-Nationale 14
d. Centre-du-Québec
13
e. Chaudière-Appalaches
14
f. Côte-Nord
12
g. Estrie
13
h. Gaspésie
10
i. Lanaudière
13
j. Laurentides
12
k. Mauricie
12
l. Montérégie
14
m. Nord-du-Québec
12
n. Outaouais
13
o. Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean 12
Factor 8: Presence of accompanying children Maximum 8 points
for each dependant 12 years of age or
younger
4
for each dependant 13 to 21 years of
age
2
Factor 9: Financial self-sufficiency Maximum 1 point
Employability  Applicable factors CUT-OFF SCORE  Maximum
Applicant without
spouse or common-law partner
Total of factors 1 to 7, except 6 43 points 94 points
Applicant with spouse
or common-law partner
Total of factors 1 to 7 52 points 111 points
Selection
Applicable factors PASSING SCORE Maximum
Applicant without
spouse or common-law partner
All, except 6 50 points 103 points
Applicant with
spouse or common-law partner
All 59 points 120 points