Quebec Skilled Worker Visa​

Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects immigrants who will adapt well to living in Quebec (Canada).

Quebec Skilled Worker Visa​
Under the Canada-Quebec Accord on Immigration, Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements and selects immigrants who will adapt well to living in Quebec (Canada). Quebec welcomes immigrants with their know-how, skills, language, culture and religion. Quebec provides services to help them integrate and participate fully in Quebec society.
  • Before applying to CIC Citizenship and Immigration Canada for Quebec-selected skilled worker visa you must first apply to the Quebec government for a certificate of selection (Certificat de slection du Qubec). This is the official document that shows that the Government of Quebec has accepted you to that province.
  • Eligibility for Quebec-selected skilled worker visa is based on the following seven criteria which are evaluated through a points based system: your profile, training, work experience, knowledge of French and English, your ties to Quebec and the stays you have had here in the past, an employment offer made by an employer in Quebec, and information regarding the accompanying spouse or common-law spouse.
  • The current pass mark is set at 55 points for single applicants and 63 points for applicants with accompanying partners/spouses.

To be selected under the Quebec Skilled Worker visa, applicants must:
  • Hold at least one diploma that corresponds to a Secondary School Diploma in Quebec.
  • Possess at least 6 months of eligible work experience.
  • Have acquired training and occupational skills that will facilitate the applicant’s insertion into the job market.
  • Have adequate knowledge of French or English
  • You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family members after you arrive in Canada.
  • The money must be available to support the costs of living for yourself and your family. You cannot borrow this money
  • The applicant is required to satisfy certain health and character requirements to meet the Quebec-selected skilled worker visa criteria.

Selection Parameters

The applications for QSWP shall be selected based on the Quebec point’s calculation. Moreover, the Quebec Immigration Authorities will analyze the fact that profile details of an applicant are best suited or in accordance with the Quebec Labour Market. Below are a few key aspects, which will be reviewed closely to ensure selection of an applicant.
  • Age of an Applicant
  • Education
  • Language Proficiency in English or French knowledge of French and English
  • Work Experience
  • Family relationship with a Quebec permanent resident or a Canadian citizen
  • Area of Training
  • Characteristics with regard to your spouse or common-law partner, accompanying you (if any)
  • Financial Self Capability
  • Accompanying Children
  • Valid Job Offer from Canada
The marks will be allocated for all the above profile features as per the Quebec points system, which will ultimately make your final QSWP Score to enable the Immigration Authorities to decide your selection. The individual applicant require scoring minimum of 49 points based on the above criteria, however, the applicants applying along with their Spouse or Common law Partners, need to achieve minimum of 57 points.

Point Allocation for Each Selection Factor

Below is the point allocation Table for each Selection Factors

Age                                                                               Up to 16 Points
Education                                                                   Up to 14 Points
Language Proficiency                                              Up to 22 Points
Work Experience                                                      Up to 8 Points
Stay & Family Relation in Quebec                       Up to 8 Points
Area of Training                                                       Up to 16 Points
Spouse or Common-law partner Description   Up to 17 Points
Financial Self Capability or Sufficiency             1 Point
Accompanying Children                                         Up to 8 Points
Valid Job Offer                                                         Up to 10 Points

Visa Benefits
  • If your application for Quebec-selected skilled worker visa is approved, the visa office will issue a permanent resident visa to you. Your permanent resident visa includes your Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and your entry visa.
  • As permanent residents, you and your family members will have the right to access to most social benefits accorded to Canadian citizens
  • Apply for Canadian citizenship, and if granted, apply for a Canadian passport once you have been a legal permanent resident for three of the four previous years.
How QSWP works

The QSWP (Quebec Skilled Workers Program) can be divided in to two steps, i.e.
  1. Acquire a Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ)
  2. Apply for the Permanent Residency to the Federal Government of Canada

Once an applicant has obtained the Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ), the Federal Government only completes the formalities regarding medical and security checks, on receipt of the Permanent Residency Application.
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