Quebec Immigration: Skilled Workers
To qualify under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, applicants are required to demonstrate their ability to become economically established in Quebec.
Applicants’ personal data is assessed in two stages. The first stage of assessment is the preliminary selection. The counselor (immigration officer) does a preliminary assessment of all of the factors to be considered in the final evaluation except those that must be evaluated at interview.
To pass the preliminary selection, applicant must score the following points:
- Principal applicant with spouse/common-law partner: 58 points
- Principal applicant, no spouse/common-law partner: 50 points
Applicant must obtain at the stage the minimum amount of points for the factors of Employment and Financial Autonomy otherwise the applicantis automatically refused.
There are three ways for an applicant to obtain points under the Employment factor. Applicant must have:
- at least six months of full-time work experience in an occupation that is in the high demand list set out by the Quebec government; or
- at least six months of full-time work experience in any occupation and also have assured employment in Quebec, or
- at least six months of full-time work experience in any occupation (except those not in demand) and score at least 35 points (single applicants – 30) for Employability and Professional Mobility factor.
Each of the above three ways requires applicant to meet all of the minimum education and employment requirements set out in the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) for the occupations.
If applicant passes the preliminary stage they are assessed against the second set of factors. Each factor is allotted a maximum number of points. Applicant must obtain at least 70 points (65 points if they are not married) in order to qualify for a Quebec Certificate of Selection. The following factors are assessed: EDUCATION. Applicants are awarded up to 17 points under the Education Factor. EMPLOYMENT. Applicants are awarded up to 15 points under the Employment Factor. (The ways to receive the points are provided at the beginning of the page.) EXPERIENCE. Applicants may receive up to 10 points under the Employment Factor. ADAPTABILITY. Applicants are awarded up to 31 points under the Adaptability Factor. AGE. Applicants are awarded up to 10 points under the Age Factor. LANGUAGE SKILLS. Applicants are awarded up to 23 points for the Language Skills. SPOUSE’S CHARACTERISTICS. Applicants are awarded up to 17 points under the Spouse’s Characteristics Factor. CHILDREN. Applicants are awarded up to 8 points under the Children Factor. FINANCIAL AUTONOMY. Applicants are awarded 1 point if they satisfy the minimum criteria under the Financial Autonomy Capability Factor. If applicant does not score points under the factor they are automatically refused. You may obtain online assessment of eligibility to apply under the Quebec Skilled Worker category. The assessment is free, confidential, with no obligation. Ariadne Counselling can provide the following assistance to applicants under the Quebec Skilled Worker category:
- analysis of personal data to determine eligibility;
- consulting on how to present personal qualifications to maximize the eligibility;
- preparation and submission of application package;
- interview training;
- communication with the visa office;
- application processing monitoring;
- representation before Quebec Immigration Service.
You may consider applying for permanent residence in Canada under the Federal Skilled Worker program. Inquiries regarding our services, fees, and ability to represent you in your application for Canadian Permanent Resident status may be directed to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org