On June 17, Quebec invited 69 immigrants through Arrima draw to seek permanent residency.
Today, the details of the latest round of invitations were made public.
The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) invited individuals who had submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) via Quebec’s online registration portal, Arrima, to participate in the Regular Skilled Worker Program (RSWP).
An expression of interest is not the same as a formal application. It’s a means for candidates to let Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration know that they want to be considered for a Quebec Selection Certificate, or CSQ. Candidates can apply for permanent residence with the federal government after receiving a CSQ.
Those who were invited in the most recent round of invites had to have a job offer that had been validated.
Quebec is holding its fifth drawing of the year. The province has been sending out invites on a monthly basis since the beginning of the year. The province has invited a total of 545 applicants to apply for permanent selection in 2021.
Quebec’s immigration programs are run by the province and are governed by criteria and procedures that are unique from those used by Canada.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada are ultimately responsible for deciding on immigration applications.
Arrima was developed in 2018 to manage the RSWP applicant pool and to simplify the application intake process, which was previously based on a “first-come, first-served” approach.
Candidates aged 18 and up who want to immigrate to Quebec through the RSWP must first construct an EOI profile in Arrima, following which they will be placed in a candidate pool.
MIFI then invites the best applicants based on a variety of factors, including current provincial labour market demands and the individual’s great ability to assimilate into Quebec society.
Those who have been asked to apply for permanent selection have 60 days to complete an immigration application, pay the relevant costs, and show all other necessary documentation.
Both the Quebec administration and the federal government have committed to raising immigration targets in the future years. Quebec hopes to welcome up to 47,500 newcomers by 2021. In the meantime, Canada expects to welcome over 400,000 immigrants through its different immigration programs in the coming year.