Quebec Immigration: New Scoring System For Arrima Expression of Interest Profiles

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Quebec has published a new scoring system for how it will rank the profiles of immigration candidates in the Arrima Expression of Interest bank.

The new system, which comes into force on co Wednesday July 14, 2021 after it was published in Quebec Official Gazette, involves points in two categories:

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

The Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) says the new system will allow it to better respond to labour market needs and assess a candidate’s integration potential.


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Up to 1,320 points are available, including 580 for human capital factors and 740 for the Quebec labour market factors. Several of the sub-categories include points for the spouse or common-law partner of the main applicant.

The scoring system places particular emphasis on job offers outside the Montreal metropolitan area, for which 380 points are available. Job offers in Montreal score 180 points.

Quebec says the new scoring system will allow it to issue Quebec Selection Certificates (CSQ) within 6 months of receiving complete applications. Candidates with a CSQ can then apply to the federal government for permanent residence.

It brings the Quebec system into line with the federal Express Entry system, which also has a scoring system for submitted profiles.


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Quebec’s New Scoring System For Arrima Expression of Interest Profiles

1) Human Capital Factors

Maximum score of 580 points available.

a) French language ability

The level is according to the Quebec Scale of Proficiency in French for Adult Immigrants or its equivalent.

Listening

Level Main applicant Spouse or common law partner
1 to 4 0 0
5 or 6 32 9
7 or 8 53 15
9 or 10 63 18
11 or 12 70 20

Speaking

Level Main applicant Spouse or common law partner
1 to 4 0 0
5 or 6 32 9
7 or 8 53 15
9 or 10 63 18
11 or 12 70 20

Reading

Level Main applicant
1 to 4 0
5 or 6 9
7 or 8 15
9 or 10 18
11 or 12 20

Writing

Level Main applicant
1 to 4 0
5 or 6 9
7 or 8 15
9 or 10 18
11 or 12 20
b) Combination of French and English

Levels are according to the Quebec Scale of Proficiency in French for Adult Immigrants and the Canadian Language Benchmark, or their equivalent, in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

French ability English ability Points
1 to 4 1 to 12 0
5 to 8 5 to 8 25
5 to 8 9 to 12 50
9 or 10 5 to 8 50
9 or 10 9 to 12 67
11 or 12 5 to 8 67
11 or 12 9 to 12 80
c) Age
Age Main applicant points Spouse or common law partner points
18 to 30 130 110
31 118 100
32 112 95
33 107 91
34 100 85
35 95 80
36 85 72
37 78 66
38 72 61
39 65 55
40 59 50
41 46 39
42 33 28
43 20 17
44 7 6
45 or older 0 0
d) Work experience

Experience must have been acquired in the five years before the date of the expression of interest in a profession within the National Occupation Classification, including Internships, whether paid or unpaid, during apprenticeship, training or specialization while studying for a diploma.

Length of experience Points
Less than 11 months 0
12 to 23 months 30
24 to 35 months 50
36 to 47 months 80
48 months or more 100
e) Level of education

Diploma must have been obtained before the date of submitting the expression of interest. Professional high school diploma from Quebec and a post secondary diploma in Quebec must be at least 900 hours in duration. Where a candidate has more than one diploma, the one scoring the highest takes precedence.

Main applicant without spouse or common law partner Main applicant with spouse or common law partner
Main applicant Spouse or common law partner
High school diploma 18 12 1
High school diploma with year or more of full time studies 54 42 6
Post-secondary diploma with 2 years of full time study 36 28 4
Post-secondary technical diploma with one or two years of full time study 63 49 7
Post-secondary technical diploma with three years of full time study 81 63 9
Undergraduate university degree with one year of full time studies 45 35 5
Undergraduate university degree with two years of full time studies 72 56 8
Undergraduate university degree with three or more years of full time studies 83 65 10
Masters degree with one or more years of full time studies 86 68 10
PhD 90 70 10

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2) Quebec labour market factors

Maximum score of 740 points available

a) Work experience in a field with a labour shortage

Experience must have been acquired in the five years before the date of the expression of interest in a profession within the National Occupation Classification.

Work experience Points
Profession with no labour shortage or not assessed Less than 12 months 0
12 months or more 30
Profession with small labour shortage Less than 12 months 0
12 to 23 months 60
24 to 35 months 70
36 months or more 90
Profession with labour shortage Less than 12 months 0
12 to 23 months 70
24 to 35 months 90
36 months or more 100
b) Area of training

Points are awarded based on the Area of Training in which the qualification of the candidate falls. For those with more than one Area of Training, the highest-scoring is used. Can include recognition by professional order or regulatory body, diploma, or equivalency training obtained abroad.

Area of training Points
E 0
D 12
C 30
B 48
A 60
c) Quebec education

Diploma must have been obtained before the date of submitting the expression of interest. Professional high school diploma from Quebec and a post secondary diploma in Quebec must be at least 900 hours in duration. Where a candidate has more than one diploma, the one scoring the highest takes precedence.

Main applicant Spouse or common law partner
High school diploma 10 1
High school diploma with year or more of full time studies 30 6
Post-secondary diploma with 2 years of full time study 20 4
Post-secondary technical diploma with one or two years of full time study 35 7
Post-secondary technical diploma with three years of full time study 45 9
Undergraduate university degree with one year of full time studies 25 5
Undergraduate university degree with two years of full time studies 40 8
Undergraduate university degree with three or more years of full time studies 46 10
Masters degree with one or more years of full time studies 48 10
PhD 50 10
d) Professional experience in Quebec

Experience must have been acquired in the five years before the date of the expression of interest in a profession within the National Occupation Classification, including Internships, whether paid or unpaid, during apprenticeship, training or specialization while studying for a diploma.

Duration Points
Less than 6 months 0
6 to 11 months 20
12 to 23 months 60
24 to 35 months 70
36 to 47 months 80
48 months or more 100
e) Professional experience in the rest of Canada

Experience must have been acquired in the five years before the date of the expression of interest in a profession within the National Occupation Classification, including Internships, whether paid or unpaid, during apprenticeship, training or specialization while studying for a diploma.

Duration Points
Less than 6 months 0
6 to 11 months 8
12 to 23 months 15
24 to 35 months 20
36 to 47 months 25
48 months or more 35
f) Validated job offer
Location of job offer Points
Job offer outside Montreal metropolitan area 380
Job offer inside Montreal metropolitan area 180
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