Quebec Conducts Largest Immigration Draw of 2021

Quebec Issues 1,017 Canada Immigration Invitations In New Provincial Draw
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Quebec immigration has conducted the largest draw of 2021 through the Arrima Expression of Interest system, issuing invitations to 515 candidates.

The August 12 draw required a minimum score of 591 points in the Quebec Expression of Interest points system, where a maximum of 1,320 points are available.

It targeted: 

  • Candidates with skills and experience in one of 17 National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes:
NOC code Professions
213 IT systems managers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 IT Analysts and Consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer Programmers And Interactive Media Developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support agents
2283 Computer systems assessors
5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
5223 Graphic design technicians
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale

The draw featured a number of firsts for the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI):

  • The first draw since a new scoring system was published for Expression of Interest profiles.
  • The first draw to target specific occupations.
  • The first draw to target candidates with a job offer outside the Montreal Metropolitan Area.

Candidates receiving an invitation have 60 days to submit a full application to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

Quebec Expression Of Interest Draws 2021

Date of invitations Invites Issued Minimum Score Date of extraction from Arrima bank
12-Aug-21 515 591 August 9, 2021 at 6.30am
17-Jun-21 69 N/A June 16, 2021 at 6.30am
27-May-21 90 N/A May 26, 2021 at 6.30am
29-Apr-21 83 N/A April 28, 2021 at 6.30am
30-Mar-21 208 N/A March 29, 2021 at 6.30am
26-Jan-21 95 N/A January 25, 2021 at 6.30am


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How Does Quebec Expression of Interest Work?

  1. Candidates submit an online expression of interest profile via Arrima.
  2. Profiles enter into an Expression of Interest pool, where they are ranked against each other using a points system and are valid for 12-months.
  3. The highest-ranking candidates are invited to apply for a Quebec Certificate of Selection under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program via periodic draws.
  4. Candidates receiving an invitation have 60 days to submit a full application.
  5. Approved candidates who receive a nomination certificate (CSQ) may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent residence.

Quebec Expression of Interest Points System

The Quebec Expression of Interest points system is used to rank profiles submitted via Arrima to the Expression of Interest bank, with the highest-ranked profiles invited to apply for Quebec immigration under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program.

Candidates and their spouse or common-law partner can score up to 1,320 points based on human capital and Quebec labour market factors.

What Are the Requirements for Quebec Expression of Interest?

The Quebec Expression of Interest points system involves points in two categories, with some including points for the spouse of common-law partner of the principal candidate.

  • Human capital factors:
    • French language ability.
    • French and English combined.
    • Age.
    • Work experience.
    • Education.
  • Quebec labour market factors:
    • Work experience in a field with a labour shortage.
    • Qualifications in one of Quebec’s areas of training.
    • Level of Quebec education.
    • Professional experience in Quebec.
    • Professional experience in the rest of Canada.
    • Job offer inside or outside Greater Montreal.

Quebec publishes lists of High Demand Occupations and Areas of Training that weigh considerably in the assessment.

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