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Update for the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP)

Quebec wants to better align immigration with the recruitment of a skilled labor force in demand. A few weeks ago, on August 12 to be precise, the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) revealed an important change in the criteria for the evaluation of the expression of interest, the first step in the selection process for obtaining the Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ).


By doing this, MIFI institutes a preliminary assessment for registration in Arrima, the platform for the submission and selection of profiles of applicants for immigration in Quebec. The modification made concerns candidates for the Quebec Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP). Overall, it aims to select foreigners who have good integration skills and who have the advantage of being able to meet the socio-economic needs of the province.


The innovation is materialized by two groups of criteria that now make it possible to evaluate, but also to classify the expressions of interest according to the score. These are criteria related to:

  1. human capital;
  2. responding to the needs of Quebec.

Human capital


It allows the candidate to get up to 580 points. It brings together the criteria that were already well known such as: training, professional experience, age, language skills, stay and family in Quebec, characteristics of the accompanying spouse or common-law partner, validated job offer, children and capacity for financial autonomy. These criteria that are already more or less known, make it possible to assess the intrinsic ability of the candidate to succeed in settling in Quebec.


Responding to the needs of Quebec


The diagnosis of the workforce and the duration of experience in the profession practised, the field of training, the diplomas obtained in Quebec, the duration of professional experience obtained in the rest of Canada, the duration of the professional experience obtained in Quebec and the holding of a valid job offer are the criteria listed in this second group.


It allows the candidate to accumulate up to 720 points. And, it is at this level that innovation is found and even the interest of Quebec that now tries to know from the submission of the expression of interest if the candidate can help it fill its labor shortage or not.


It should be noted that the MIFI stressed that the ranking of the expressions of interest is not a preselection and does not give leading candidates the certainty of a selection. For the evaluation of profiles in order to be selected for the CSQ, the grid of skilled workers in Quebec still remains in effect.


One could say that this new change complicates the immigration process in Quebec, but conversely, it helps Quebec effectively alleviate its labor shortage. However, we are available to support you with our experience and expertise. Contact us now and we will serve you well.

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