Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants who intend to reside in Montreal or in another city or region within the province of Quebec are assessed under a different system than applicants who wish to settle elsewhere in Canada. This is done through what the government of Quebec calls its 'Regular Skilled Worker Program', otherwise known as the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).
On March 28, the Quebec's immigration ministry introduced its intention of introducing a new Expression of Interest System, also known as a Déclaration d’intérêt system, to simplify the process of applying for permanent immigration to the province. The QSWP is currently closed to all candidates except those who are cap-exempt. Quebec's immigration ministry, the Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI), says a new intake period will occur in the upcoming months, but the exact dates have yet to be announced. Cap-exempt candidates who have an employment offer validated by MIDI, as well as individuals who
are temporary residents of Quebec who are eligible to submit an application for a CSQ, may apply at any time.
As of January 2016, candidates for immigration to Canada through the QSWP must use the secure space Mon projet Québec in order to submit an application. Mon projet Québec allows candidates to complete their application for a CSQ, make their payment online, follow the status of their application, make changes to their application, and access personal electronic messaging throughout the process.
Applicants who are successful under the Regular Skilled Worker Program are issued a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, also known as a CSQ), which is then followed by a Canadian Permanent Resident (Immigration) Visa. Though applicants to the program are assessed based upon different selection factors than those of the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the government of Canada acknowledges Quebec's selection of applicants by issuing permanent resident visas to successful applicants, once medical and criminality background checks have been completed.
In order to qualify for a CSQ, you must score enough points under the Quebec Immigration selection system that is described below. A single (unmarried) applicant must score at least 50 points based on this system, while an applicant with a spouse or common-law partner must score at least 59 points.
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