Candidates Can Submit Quebec Experience Program Applications Online Through Arrima

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The Quebec immigration ministry has announced Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) applications can be submitted online via the Arrima platform as of Tuesday January 12.

The Arrima platform – previously used mainly to submit profiles to the Quebec Expression of Interest system – can now be used for applications, supporting documents and to pay required fees.

As of January 26, 2021, all PEQ applications must be submitted electronically through Arrima. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

Candidates have been able to submit applications for the Quebec Foreign Student Program through Arrima since spring 2020. This will become mandatory as of January 26, says the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI).

Application Fee Increases

MIFI recently announced increases to application fees for its temporary and permanent programs for 2021.

As of January 1, fees increased by 1.26 percent compared to the fees for 2020.

The fees cover the Quebec immigration programs for skilled workers, business immigration, temporary workers and foreign students.

Other fees include those for labour market assessments, immigration consultants and credential recognition.

Consult the table below to compare the 2020 and 2021 fees.

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Quebec Immigration Application Fees, 2020 and 2021

Up to December 31, 2020 As of January 1, 2021
Application for permanent selection
Business people Investors $15,763 $15,962
Entrepreneur and self-employed worker $1,099 $1,113
Skilled worker $812 $822
Each accompanying family member of the principal applicant (except in the case of an application under the Investor Program) $174 $176
Employer submitting a request for validation of a permanent job offer $202 $205
Request for an undertaking as a guarantor of a foreign national of the family group
Commitment for the first foreign national $289 $293
For each other foreign national $116 $117
Application for temporary selection
Temporary worker $202 $205
Employer requesting an assessment of the effects of the job offer on the Quebec labour market $202 $205
Foreign student $116 $117
Person in temporary stay for medical attention $116 $117
Application for recognition as an immigration consultant $1,681 $1702
Request for renewal of recognition $1,367 $1384
Comparative evaluation of studies conducted outside Quebec $121 $123

Quebec Immigration Levels

Quebec expects to welcome between 13,000 and 18,000 fewer immigrants than planned in 2020, a deficit it will make up in the next two years, the provincial government said recently.

The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on Quebec immigration levels means 2020 admissions will fall to a maximum of 30,500 newcomers, 70 percent of the expected total. The number could drop as low as 25,600 new permanent residents, just 59 percent of the planned admissions.

The French-speaking province plans to make up the 2020 shortfall over the next two years.

It will start by welcoming up to 47,500 newcomers in 2021, with 7,000 immigrants added from the 2020 shortfall.

Quebec’s 2021 Immigration Levels Plan

Results Plan 2020 Forecast 2020 Plan 2021
2018 2019 MIN MAX MIN MAX Rebalancing MIN MAX
Economic 29,192 23,129 25,500 26,300 14,000 17,000 4,600 27,500 29,300
– Skilled Workers 24,129 19,098 21,600 22,000 12,800 15,000 3,500 22,900 24,200
– Business 4,204 3,387 3,300 3,600 1,000 1,600 1,000 4,000 4,300
– Other Economic 859 644 600 700 200 400 100 600 800
Family Reunification 12,286 9,686 9,900 10,200 6,700 7,100 1,550 9,700 10,200
Refugees 8,834 7,248 7,200 7,500 4,400 5,800 850 6,900 7,500
Other Immigrants 811 502 400 500 500 600 0 400 500
TOTAL 51,123 40,565 43,000 44,500 25,600 30,500 7,000 44,500 47,500



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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.