Quebec to Issue Permanent Residence Based on Labour Market Needs

Quebec to Issue Permanent Residence Based on Labour Market Needs

While addressing the new process for selecting skilled workers, Quebec Immigration Minister, Simon Jolin-Barrette, said the government of the province has not included values test in its immigration reform.

The Immigration Minister was speaking on Thursday about how the Quebec government will process applications for skilled workers in a different way that will see waiting time reduced significantly from three years to just half a year. The new immigration system will prioritize people already in Quebec as well as those willing to reside and work in developing cities, Jolin-Barrette said.

The new system does not include values test, which both liberal and conservative do not appear to fancy, at the moment as the approval of the federal government is inevitable, he said.

Modus Operandi of the New System

Applicants are required to submit Expression of Interest (EOI) forms on the recently opened online application system. From this pool, certain skilled workers will be invited by the government to submit a permanent selection application within 60 days of receiving the invitation. Submission of EoI is free, but a fee is associated with the submission of permanent selection application.

Once the application is submitted, the decision will be made by the government in a maximum of six months. Issuance of invitation for permanent selection application will totally depend on Quebec's current labor market needs. Stays in Quebec, training, age, valid employment offer, language proficiency as well as work experience are criteria used in awarding points to applicants in the selection grid.

The online management system called Arrima marks the end of an immigration system based first come first served. Business groups across the province have lauded the new system as one that will better position them to get skilled workers in line with their needs and at a much faster pace.

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