Quebec Expression Of Interest Draw: Province Issues 1,220 Canada Immigration Invitations

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Quebec immigration has issued 1,220 Canada immigration invitations to apply in a new draw through the Arrima Expression of Interest system.

The October 26 draw targeted candidates with a French language speaking ability of level 7 or higher on the Quebec proficiency scale in two sets of occupations, one for skilled trades and one for technology.

Candidates in the following skilled trades occupations required level 7 French, and a minimum score of 465 points on the Quebec Expression of Interest points system:

  • 2154   Land surveyors
  • 2242   Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • 7233   Sheet metal workers
  • 7234   Boilermakers
  • 7236   Ironworkers
  • 7237   Welders and related machine operators
  • 7241   Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • 7245   Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • 7252   Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • 7271   Carpenters
  • 7281   Bricklayers
  • 7282   Concrete finishers
  • 7283   Tilesetters
  • 7284   Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  • 7291   Roofers and shinglers
  • 7293   Insulators
  • 7294   Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  • 7295   Floor covering installers
  • 7311   Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • 7312   Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • 7313   Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • 7318   Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • 7371   Crane operators
  • 7384   Autre personnel des métiers et personnel assimilé, n.c.a.
  • 7521   Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
  • 7611   Construction trades helpers and labourers

Candidates in the following technology occupations also required level 7 French, and a minimum score of 608 points:

  • 0213   Computer and information systems managers
  • 2131   Civil engineers
  • 2132   Mechanical engineers
  • 2133   Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2141   Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • 2147   Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 2171   Information systems analysts and consultants
  • 2172   Analystes de bases de données et administrateurs/administratrices de données
  • 2173   Software engineers and designers
  • 2174   Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2175   Web designers and developers
  • 2231   Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2232   Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2233   Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
  • 2241   Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2281   Computer network technicians
  • 2282   User support technicians
  • 2283   Information systems testing technicians
  • 3012   Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3233   Licensed practical nurses
  • 3413   Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • 4031   Secondary school teachers
  • 4032   Elementary school and kindergarten teachers
  • 4214   Early childhood educators and assistants
  • 5223   Graphic arts technicians
  • 5225   Audio and video recording technicians
  • 5241   Graphic designers and illustrators

Candidates with a job offer outside of the Montreal metropolitan area were also targeted. There was no minimum score for these candidates.

Quebec Expression Of Interest Draw

Date of invitations Invites Issued Minimum Score Date of extraction from Arrima bank
26-11-23 1,220 465/608 October 23, 2023 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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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.