Quebec has begun the process to issue its initial invitations to the applicants belonging to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program who have the profile and Expression of Interest in the provincial Arrima system. Candidates are presently receiving the email notifications beginning from July 4th.
The process begins
The recipients of the invitation get a period of 60 days for submitting the completed application to get the Quebec Selection Certificate – the CSQ.
This system to manage the applications was launched in Sep 2018 for the candidates’ specific to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.
Candidates can use Arrima portal for creating the Expression of Interest profile which is subsequently submitted to the bank of QSWP candidates. The Quebec Government stated that the first invitations using the Arrima portal will give a priority to such candidates who possess the validated job offer from a provincial employer or those who meet these conditions:
Having an application for the Quebec Selection Certificate that came to an end on June 16, 2019, and they were temporary Quebec residents when they applied; or
Having an application for the Quebec Selection Certificate that came to an end on June 16, 2019, and they were working/studying locally during that time.
Passing of legal reforms
On June 16, 2019, Quebec passed a few legal reforms regarding immigration cancelling close to 16,000 pending QSWP applications. The applications subject to cancellation had been filed before introducing Arrima. Additionally, the Immigration Ministry of Quebec says it is more encouraging to match immigrant candidates with the explicit labor requirements of employers in the province. Candidates who do not fall into the above two priority groups impacted by the reforms and also those who did not create the Arrima profile can do so before Dec 16, 2019, if they intend to receive the invitation to seek the CSQ. MIDI will conduct several invitation rounds, from now onwards, until Jan 16, 2020, for the candidates, prioritized as per above definition. Please contact us if you are interested in such programs. We will guide you with our expertise.